The Philadelphia Union is a team not short of rivals despite only being in the MLS since 2010. The two obvious rivals are the two teams in New York, with geographical proximity and historic rivalries across other sports bleeding into the DNA of the fanbases. The games against New York City FC on Saturday, July 15, and against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, September 3, are both well worth catching at Subaru Park.
Those looking for a game sooner should check out the Wednesday, April 26 clash in the CONCACAF Champions League that sees the Union host Los Angeles FC. This is a game that has gained traction as a rivalry because the two squads can’t seem to play a boring game against each other,
Here is the biggest question for Philadelphia Union based on their start to the 2023 season.
Can Andre Blake continue to turn draws into wins?
Having the best goalkeeper in the league on your books is always good. That is the situation in Philadelphia with goalie Andre Blake. He is an outstanding shot-stopper and has high-end athletic ability that allows him to make saves on shots that other keepers wouldn’t get near. It is those saves that turn potential defeats into draws and potential draws into wins. When Manchester United was at their pomp in England, they had Peter Schmeichel in goal, and he was worth a dozen points minimum each season because of his saves. Blake isn’t Schmeichel, but he fills the same role as a keeper, adding to the Union’s point total each year.