Match Preview: FCD at Philadelphia

The basics

Philadelphia Union (1-5-0, 7th in the East) vs. FC Dallas (2-1-4, 6th in the West)

TV Info: 3 p.m. CT, Fox Sports Southwest Plus and Telefutura


What’s at stake

Both teams are struggling with their respective seasons and will want to add a 'W' to their slim win columns. Philly are back at home for only the second time all year, while Dallas have drawn over half of their matches and would like to spoil the Union’s party. 

Last meeting

This is the first-ever league match between the two teams. However, they did meet in a preseason match that saw three Union players see red in a 2-0 loss.

Heroes & Villains

Jeff Cunningham vs. Danny Califf & Michael OrozcoThe striker will most likely be employed as the lone forward in this match, and that will suit him just fine. Quick off the ball and dangerous in space, Cunningham will surely give Califf and Orozco troubles as they have looked pretty shaky at times this season.

Heath Pearce vs. Roger Torres and Fred — The experienced defender will need to cut the Union’s supply lines in this match, and both Torres and Fred like to drift down the wings, which is Pearce's territory.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm …"

FC Dallas already have four draws on the year, which is just two fewer than they had all of last season.

He said it

“It is also difficult to play at home. The problem that we have been having so far with being a way is that we have been making mistakes and haven’t been able to score. We’re playing well and the only thing we need to do now is to win.” — The Union’s Fred on how it’s not always easy playing at home