Sounders FC at Philadelphia Union – June 27 at 2:00p.m. PT at PPL Park; Chester, Penn.
Seventeen days after breaking for the World Cup, Seattle Sounders FC begins a very busy stretch of the season by becoming the first visitor to Philadelphia Union’s new soccer specific home, PPL Park. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air the match, which is set to kickoff at 2 p.m. PT in Chester, Penn.
It is the first of three consecutive road matches over an 8-day period, and conceivably Seattle could play seven MLS, cup and friendly games in 21 days, through July 18. Sounders FC will begin defense of its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title on June 30, visiting the Portland Timbers of U.S. Soccer’s Division 2 for a rematch of the 2009 third round game, won by Seattle, 2-1. On July 4, Seattle plays at the Los Angeles Galaxy, the MLS Western Conference leader.
Although it has won just once in the last four matches, Sounders FC figures to be stronger to start the summer, by virtue of several key players returning to fitness.
Sounders FC is coming off a 3-2 home loss to D.C. United on June 10. Seattle (4-6-3, 15 points) currently sits in 6th place in the Western Conference. Its four wins have all come against teams in the MLS Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia Union (2-7-1, 7 points) is currently last in the league for the lowest point total; the caveat being they have played the fewest total games (10) and only two at home. It is yet to lose a home match (1-0-1) but enters Sunday on a two-game losing streak. In its last match, the Union lost 2-0 at Kansas City.
This marks the second match between the two sides, as Philadelphia opened its inaugural season on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field in front of 36,241 fans in rave green. Sounders FC defeated Union, 2-0, getting first-half goals from Brad Evans and Fredy Montero.
Sunday’s game at PPL Park (capacity 18,500) is sold out. Seven of Union’s next 10 will be played at home. Weather forecasts for matchday in Philadelphia are for sun and temperatures reaching the high 80s.
Seattle will next travel to Los Angeles to play the Galaxy on July 4 at 8 p.m. PT. The next scheduled home fixture is July 11 versus FC Dallas at 7:30 p.m. PT.
National TV: ESPN 2/Deportes
Talent: Glenn Davis, Kyle Martino
Local Radio: 97.3 KIRO FM
Talent: Arlo White
Pregame Talent: Alan Hinton and Pete Fewing with Matt Gaschk (Radio)