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PSL Five: Previewing Union at Dynamo

Sheanon Houston

It will be the Union’s second match in three days, as they head down to Houston to take on the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.  Kick-off is set for 9:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on The Comcast Network.  Here are five things you need to know going into this one.

The Union’s Man Advantage Woes:

You would think that being up a man would be a strong advantage for the Union, but just this week, Philadelphia has given up three goals while playing 11 v 10.  Last Saturday, their defensive shortcomings cost them a win against FC Dallas.  Then, this past Wednesday, The U gave up two goals against RSL despite being up a man, drawing that match as well.

Montreal is Trying to Help the Union:

What does this have to do with the Union’s upcoming match tomorrow night?  A lot actually.  In their past two contests, the Impact lost to Colorado and drew against Toronto.  Had the Union won the two matches they were leading late into stoppage time, they would have a semi-comfortable lead in first place.  Instead, Montreal is putting their hands up in the air looking down at the U saying, ‘hey, we tried…’

June Has Not Been Kind to Houston:

Much like their matches against Dallas and RSL, the Union will be facing a Dynamo team that has fallen into some trouble this past month.  With two losses and two draws, things haven’t gone as planned for Houston (including a US Open Cup loss), and this may be the perfect chance for the U to turn things around after two disappointing draws.

Le Toux and Casey Click:

Though there were some doubts as to whether or not Sebastien Le Toux could hang up front with Conor Casey the same way Jack McInerney did,  but their pairing proved to be very successful on Wednesday, with the Frenchman picking up a goal off a Casey assist.  The former Colorado man would also pick up a goal that night.  It would come as no surprise if Hackworth went with this same pairing tomorrow at BBVA.

Philly Has Options on the Wing:

After a sub-par performance from Union rookie Leo Fernandes against Real Salt Lake, John Hackworth may look to change things up, and he has options.  Saturday’s clash against the Dynamo could see the Union boss try something different, perhaps starting Antoine Hoppenot, Don Anding or even Aaron Wheeler on the wing.

It’s another late kick-off as the Union finish up their Mid-West swing at 9:00 p.m. ET.  The Comcast Network will once again have all the action, but if you can’t watch the match, you can follow along with live, up to the minute tweets over @PhillySportLive.  PSL will have a full match recap directly following the game.