Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups, kickoff time and ones to watch
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One of the fiercest rivalries in MLS resumes when the Philadelphia Union host the New York Red Bulls at Subaru Park.

Philadelphia is winless in five matches across all competitions and they were knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup by Orlando City on Wednesday.

The Red Bulls have won their first five road matches of the league season, just the second team in league history to accomplish the feat and they easily beat D.C. United in the U.S. Open Cup.

Team news

Philadelphia Union

The only concern for manager Jim Curtin is forward Mikael Uhre, who could come off the bench after battling an undisclosed injury.

New York Red Bulls

Manager Gerhard Struber will be without a number of key players for this crunch clash.

Cristian Casseres Jr. is suspended through yellow card accumulation, influential midfielder Lewis Morgan is in health and safety protocol while captain Aaron Long (calf), Caden Clark (knee) and Andres Reyes (foot) are all sidelined.

Predicted lineups

Philadelphia Union: Blake; Wagner, Glesnes, Elliott, Harriel; Martinez; Flach, Gazdag, Bedoya; Burke, Carranza

New York Red Bulls: Coronel; Tolkin, S. Nealis, Long, D. Nealis; Yearwood, Amaya; Luquinhas, Fernandez, Morgan

Ones to watch

Daniel Gazdag (Philadelphia Union)

The Hungarian has been Philadelphia's best offensive player this season, leeading the Union in goals (five), shots (18) and shots on target (13).

Operating at the tip of the midfield, he'll have the ball a lot and will pose problems for the New York defense with his ability to finish and outstanding technique.

Dylan Nealis (New York Red Bulls)

With Tom Edwards likely out, the younger brother of Sean will get a chance to show what he can do. He's been very strong defensively, but will need to show more in attack, especially partnering with John Tolkin.

Previous meetings

The last matchup between the two sides was the first round of last year's playoffs when Jakob Glesnes' 123rd minute wonder volley sent Philadelphia into the next round. 

In a game that saw few chances, the Red Bulls didn't have their first on target until the 95th minute when Patryk Klimala forced Andre Blake into a save.

Kyle Duncan nearly put New York ahead, striking the left post with a shot from inside the penalty area.

The bitterly fought contest looked to be going to penalties as Carlos Coronel saved from a one-time Sergio Santos shot, but after clearing a long free-kick, Glesnes chested down and lashed home for the winner, the latest goal in MLS playoff history.

How to watch

The match will be streamed nationally on ESPN+. PHL17 will have all of the action in Philadelphia while the MSG Network carries the broadcast in the New York metropolitan area.

Kickoff is set for 7:30pm Eastern time.

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