Philadelphia Union return home to face San Jose Earthquakes

The Philadelphia Union face a unique matchup on Saturday night.

Jim Curtin's side faces a San Jose Earthquakes team that plays a wide-open style that opens itself up to a good amount of concessions.

San Jose comes into Saturday's matchup at Subaru Park with the worst defensive record in Major League Soccer.

The Earthquakes let up three goals each to the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew in two home matches to open up the 2022 campaign.

San Jose pulled back a draw last week against Columbus despite being down a man. That red card was issued to Jamiro Monteiro, who will not make his return to Chester because of the suspension triggered by the sending off.

Philadelphia will also be without an offseason acquisition, as Julian Carranza was sent off for two yellow cards in the 2-1 win over CF Montreal.

Carranza's absence means we will wait another week to see the Argentinian pair up front with Mikael Uhre, who made his Union debut as a substitute last week.

Uhre could start up top alongside Sergio Santos or Cory Burke. Burke earned the start at home in Week 1, while Santos appeared in the starting XI last week.

The only other lineup question for Curtin is which player to start at right back. Nathan Harriel turned in a solid performance last Saturday and he did nothing to lose the job to Olivier Mbaizo.

Curtin typically does not make significant lineup changes this early in the season, but it was warranted because of Mbaizo's mistake that led to the concession versus Minnesota United in Week 1.

The Union are 4-4-4 all-time against the Quakes and recent results have come in their favor. The Union defeated San Jose in their last meeting on September 25, 2019 behind a 70th-minute winner from Alejandro Bedoya.

The one matchup that could be exploited is against Francisco Calvo, who was torn apart by Burke when the defender played with the Chicago Fire.

Burke may get the nod because of his success with that individual matchup in the past. It may make more sense to have Santos come on around the 60th minute to tire out a San Jose defense that expends a ton of energy on a regular basis.

Match coverage from The Gambler can be found on Twitter Spaces tonight due to Villanova basketball.

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