Philadelphia Union looking for bounce-back win against Toronto FC


The Philadelphia Union will try to bounce-back from Sunday's 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire by beating Toronto FC at Subaru Park on Wednesday.

Coverage of Wednesday's match begins at 7 p.m. ET with the Union Pregame Show presented by DraftKings Sportsbook with Sean Brace and Joe Tansey. JP Dellacamera and Danny Higginbotham will be on the match call at 7:30 p.m. ET. Kevin Kinkead joins Brace and Tansey for the Union Postgame Show right after the final whistle.

In addition to dropping points at home, the Union suffered a blow to their roster when manager Jim Curtin revealed that Jamiro Monteiro is not with the club due to transfer talks.

Curtin confirmed on Tuesday that Monteiro is not in Chester at the moment as the potential move is worked out between all parties.

With Monteiro not available for selection, the midfield four picks itself with Daniel Gazdag aligned at the No. 10 position. Jose Martinez, Leon Flach and Alejandro Bedoya should fill in at the other positions.

The Union will have Sergio Santos back in the fold after his one-game suspension. Santos gives the Union their full complement of top-tier strikers for the first time since Cory Burke left for the Concacaf Gold Cup in early July.

The Union attack produced 25 shots, five of which went on target, and an expected goals total of three in the draw with Chicago.

Sunday's expected goals total was the highest of the season for the Union and that was expected since the Fire were playing with 10 men for the entire second half.

Despite the pressure, the Union were unable to beat Bobby Shuttleworth. They tried to change things up with Ilsinho entering in the second half, but there were still too many crosses and not enough interplay on the ground.

The Union's best chance of the second half came when Bedoya was played a ball on the ground on the right side of the box. His shot went into the face of Shuttleworth.

Philadelphia enters Wednesday's match in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 25 points. It is three points back of second place Orlando City and four points above the final playoff position.

Toronto FC has played well since it fired manager Chris Armas and had its home games return to BMO Field. The Reds enter Chester on a five-match unbeaten streak. In that span, the Reds played to a trio of 1-1 draws and beat New England and Chicago.

Toronto's poor start put it in a hole in the East table. It sits in 10th place with 14 points from 16 games. It still needs seven points and some help to get into the top seven.

The Reds possess a 2-6-1 road record, while the Union are 4-2-2 inside Subaru Park. The Union have not fallen at home since May 1.

Toronto won two of its last three trips to Subaru Park, but the Union captured a 5-0 victory over the Reds in their last meeting in Chester.

Philadelphia has an 8-11-3 overall record against Toronto FC. It has the advantage in the series at Subaru Park with a 5-4-3 mark.


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