Our prediction for this MLS match:
All eyes will be on Dignity Health Sports Park when Los Angeles Galaxy and Philadelphia Union face each other in the Major League Soccer. LA Galaxy did well to win the Los Angeles derby, with Spanish midfielder Riqui Puig sealing the triumph. Javier Hernandez Chicharito remains on the sidelines with injury, while Jalen Neal is on international duty with USA. All Martin Caceres, Memo Rodriguez, and Sega Coulibaly are injured as well.
The U’s, on the other hand, once again have big ambitions for the 2023 MLS campaign, with the team sitting in 5th place in the Eastern Conference at the moment. Philadelphia, though, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Atlanta United, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on draw. Both Blake and Lowe are representing Jamaica at the 2023 Gold Cup, while there are no fresh injury worries in the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Jorge Villafaña):
Jorge Villafana is an American footballer who began his senior career at Chivas USA. Villafana was born in Anaheim, California on September 16, 1989 and he played for the likes of Santa Ana DSP Juventus and Chivas USA during his youth career.
Nowadays, the American footballer plays for Portland Timbers, but it has to be noted that he made no more than eight appearances for the club in the 2018 season. In 2015, though, Jorge Villafana did well to win the MLS Cup in 2015 and three years later he clinched the Liga MX trophy (Clausura) with Santos Laguna.
Speaking of his international career, the Portland Timbers man made his full USA debut in a friendly against Serbia on January 29, 2017. Over the years Villafana has established himself as a first-choice left-back in the national team. His main position is left-back, but he is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well. The USA international has a dual citizenship (USA, Mexico).
Highlighted Team (Philadelphia Union):
Based in Chester, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Union is an American soccer club that compete in Major League Soccer. The U have been participating in MLS since 2010, but they have yet to win the domestic trophy. Philadelphia welcome their opponents at Talen Energy Stadium, the venue that was opened on June 27, 2010 and current capacity of the stadium is 18.500.
The U made it to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final on two occasions (2014, 2015), but they were beaten by Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City respectively in the title games. The likes of D.C. United and New York Red Bulls are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but they share a rivalry with Seattle Sounders as well.
Philadelphia’s colors are navy blue and gold, but they wear white shirts and white socks when playing on the road. USA international Freddy Adu is one of the most notable footballers who player for the U in the past. The former Benfica man scored seven goals in 37 appearances for Philadelphia Union in MLS.