This Saturday, the Union continue on the road trip as they travel to California to take on the San Jose Earthquakes in a late game at 10:30 PM. Last weekend, the Union fell to the Montreal Impact, 3-0, in a game where they didn’t see too much of the ball. Midfielder Blermin Dzemali had a second half brace to help lead them over the Philly boys.
The Earthquakes currently sit in the last playoff spot at sixth place right now in the Western Conference and are looking to add vital points every game to stay in the playoff picture. They currently have 32 points, which is three more than the Union, but they have very similar records. The Earthquakes sit at 9-10-5, while the Union sit at 8-11-5, showing that it should be a close and intense game, even though the Union really struggle away from home, with a 1-7-3 away record. Hopefully, the team can rally after the last loss to Montreal and put together a strong performance.
The deeper we get into the season, the more and more it seems as the Union’s playoff picture fades away. They need to start putting together more results away from home and maybe they can make a late push for the 6 spot to make it into playoffs.
The Union will have to watch for Earthquakes goal scorer Chris Wondolowski who is always a threat as we’ve seen throughout the years during his time with the Earthquakes and the U.S. Men’s National Team. If the defenders stay tight and the midfield and strikers have more link up play in the middle and final third, the Union can pull off a nice upset in this upcoming match.