After having a bye week last week, the Philadelphia Union II continue their MLS NEXT Pro campaign with an away trip to Chicago to take on the Chicago Fire II.
Union II vs Fire II
The Union II is looking to rebound from their last match two weeks ago after suffering their first loss in the competition in a 1-0 loss to Columbus Crew II. Honestly, I was really excited to sit and watch the Union II this season and was expecting high things from the team but they haven’t been as dominant as I thought they would be.
You’re probably thinking that’s a weird thing to say given they just lost for the first time this season but with the talent that the Union has on the roster and the fact a lot of first-team talent are always made available and play for the Union II, I was expecting them to be more comfortable when they played and they haven’t shown me that just yet.
In terms of what first-team talent will be made available to Marlon Le Blanc, I’d imagine it will be the usual suspects like Paxten Aaronson, Jack McGlynn, Quinn Sullivan, Matt Freese, and possibly Jesus Bueno too.
The Chicago Fire II on the other hand has been a massive disappointment to the league so far this season. They’ve lost all 4 of the games they’ve played so far and haven’t looked great in any of the games. They haven’t even scored a goal yet and will find it extremely tough against a Union II side that is stacked with great youth and first-team talent.
I hope Marlon Le Blanc gets some of the other youth talent involved with the games as we progress through the season. I understand why he’s playing whatever first-team talent that is made available to him but the Union have rounded up a great bunch of young talent in that youth side and I think they’ll prove themselves if they are given game time
In terms of predictions for the game, it would extremely disappointing if the Union II lose this game on Sunday, no matter what first-team talent is available for the Union II, they should find the game against the Chicago Fire II easy enough and I think they’ll be 3-0 winners in the game. Football’s a crazy game though and streaks are there to be broken so you just never know if Chicago can find their first win of the season, alongside their first goal of the season. The match is Sunday night at 7:00 pm; you can catch the action streaming over on MLSNextPro.com.
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Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Union, Andrew Zwarych