The Philadelphia Union will look to keep its unbeaten home record intact tonight when the club plays host to the Los Angeles Galaxy at PPL Park.
The Union will look to erase the memory of a 1-0 loss to Portland last week, while the Galaxy will be trying to build on an impressive effort in a 1-1 draw against New York on Saturday.
A few familiar faces will be missing from tonight's proceedings. David Beckham was left home for rest, while Philly head coach Peter Nowak will miss the match to take part in a charity event in Poland.
Tonight's MLS schedule goes beyond LA-Philly. FC Dallas is back at Pizza Hut Park tonight to take on a Toronto FC side coming off an impressive win against Houston, while the San Jose Earthquakes come off a bye week to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in a match-up of two of the worst teams in the league at the moment.
Here's a closer look at all three match-ups:
Philadelphia Union vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, 7:30pm
Philly has allowed just one goal at PPL Park all season and will have a good chance of shutting down a Galaxy side that will sorely miss David Beckham. Landon Donovan is in good form for LA, and could find some success on the left flank, but the Galaxy's best chance for offensive success will be on set pieces, where the Union has shown some vulnerability.
Offensively, the Union come off one of its worst matches. Expect Philly to attack more at home, but it won't be easy breaking down a tough LA back-line.
FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC, 9pm
The Dallas offense was bound to miss David Ferreira, and that was the case last week. This week, FCD takes on a Toronto squad that has very shaky defensively on the road. Fabian Castillo and Brek Shea need to punish TFC on the flanks, while Toronto will look to Joao Plata to spark the attack for a second straight week.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 10pm
Two teams desperate for a win face off in Canada as San Jose comes off a bye week and the Whitecaps come off earning their first road point.
Chris Wondolowski is key for the Earthquakes, who should find chances against a shaky Vancouver defense. The Whitecaps attack is capable of producing though and Davide Chiumiento could find success against the Earthquakes midfield.
What do you think of tonight's match-ups? Who do you see winning the Philly-LA tilt? Which struggling squad to you see taking the game in Vancouver, or are the teams destined to tie?
Share your thoughts below.
Not if they play the Killer B’s…Barrett and Birchell
I predict a 0-0 final.
They should start dropping lotsa rosta spotsta starting with with that Jamacian cat dat can’t score.
nothing will happen, ’cause the great yallop got a new contract a few weeks ago!….
He’s talking about the Union never having a match that ended 0-0. This season or last.
The match you are talking about ended 1-1.
not necessarily a reply directly to you, but didn’t the Union lose to the Sounders at home this season 1-0? Or am I thinking of something different?
Who cares about a friendly, “you’re talkin’ about a friendly? a friendly?”
I love that there are 3 mid-week matches. Can’t wait.
RBNY vs Montreal tonight 7:30
Let’s hope nobody important plays too much.
NY friendly versus Montreal.
If the Quakes lose again….
I could see Philly’s first ever 0-0 draw. Can LA score against the U without Becks?