USOC preview: Philadelphia Union vs. City Islanders FC

Philadelphia Union - Harrisburg City Islanders Photo Credit: Philadelphia Union

Date: Wednesday, June 15

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Talen Energy Stadium – Chester, PA

Television: Streamed at philadelphiaunion.com

 

The 2016 U.S. Open Cup is in full swing, with the tournament currently in its 103rd year of competition. Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Philadelphia Union will take on its former United Soccer League (USL) affiliate the Harrisburg City Islanders Wednesday night at Talen Energy Stadium.

Wednesday’s meeting of teams will be the third time in five years of Open Cup play that the teams have played each other, with Philadelphia winning both prior games.

 

Philadelphia

For the Philadelphia Union, the last two Open Cups have been somewhat successful – the team has made it to the finals two years in a row but have yet to clinch the title. Currently at the top of the Eastern Conference Standings with a 6-3-5 overall record, an eight game undefeated streak as well as an undefeated home record, the Union have definitely found their mojo the season. With Jamaican national Andre Blake back with the team following his impressive performance in Copa America Centenario, there is also a possibility that Blake will get some minutes Wednesday night with the team.

“[Blake] will be on the first flight out, so we will have him back here and from there we will have to make a decision that is best for Wednesday night,” Curtin said. “But, he’ll be here.”

In addition, the Open Cup is often a time for players who don’t normally get first-team minutes to see the field. There is a big chance that players such as Warren Creavalle and Fabian Herbers get some time.

 

Harrisburg

The City Islanders have been around a bit longer than their former MLS affiliate and have seen Open Cup action since 2007. The team boasts a 4-4-1 record against MLS competition in the tournament. Although the team sits towards the bottom of the USL eastern conference standings, with two wins under their belt already in the tournament, this game is a chance for the Islanders to pull an upset.

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