Philadelphia sit just four points off of the lead in the Eastern Conference after rallying for a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls while D.C. United last played two weeks ago, a 7-1 thrashing of Toronto.
The Union continue to be without the trio of Andre Blake, Cory Burke and Alvas Powell as they remain with the Jamaica squad for the Gold Cup. Jamiro Monteiro picked up his fifth yellow card in the match against the Red Bulls and is suspended as is goalkeeper Matt Freese, who saw a straight red. Anthony Fontana and Jack De Vries continue to be in concussion protocol while Ilsinho continues to recover from groin surgery.
D.C. United's injury list is much shorter as Chris Odoi-Atsem is struggling with a lower-body injury and won't make the trip to Philadelphia while Steve Birnbaum is recovering from ankle surgery. Edison Flores is out with a hamstring injury.
Philadelphia: Bendik; Mbaizo, Glesnes, Elliott, Wagner; Flach, Sullivan; Martinez, Bedoya; Przybylko, Santos
D.C. United: Hamid; Hines-Ike, Najar, Pines; Paredes, Canouse, Moreno, Gressel; Arriola, Pérez; Robertha
Ones to watch
Daniel Gazdag will be making his debut for Philadelphia at home and with Monteiro out, how he plays in the Union midfield may very well be the key to this game and set the stage for the remainder of the season even when all of the players return. Przybylko has scored five goals in his last five games against D.C. United.
Ola Kamara was one of three substitutes to score for the Red and Black in their thrashing of Toronto, just the third time a trio of subs have scored in a single match and the Norwegian is the club's leading scorer with five goals, also contributing two assists in eight appearances.
On May 23rd at Audi Field, Philadelphia claimed a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal by Kacper Przybylko in first-half stoppage time. The goal, set up by a wonderfully weighted pass by Jamiro Monteiro, was initially ruled offsides only to have VAR reverse the decision and the goal stood.
ESPN+ will have live streaming coverage nationally while NBC Sports Washington D.C. and TeleXitos will televise the action from our nation's capital. PHL17 will cover the match in Philadelphia. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm Eastern time.