Philly Union Pre-Match Predictions

September 5, 2015

Bluntly, this should be a statement win for the Quakes.  Anything less than a win is a failure.

Philly is in last place in MLS.  They are missing MLS Assists leader Christian Maidana to suspension.  They are on the road.  The Quakes are riding a 4-match shut-out streak and have only given up one goal in six games.

Philly has only two real threats to score: CJ Sapong and Sebastien Le Toux, but without their set-up man Maidana, the Quakes defense should be able to keep them in check for the match, and ensure a fifth shut-out.

Line Up and Formation

The Quakes will be without Anibal Godoy, who played a full 90 last night for Panama, as well as Sanna Nyassi and Mark Pelosi.  Cordell Cato tweeted he flew back into town last night after his match versus Mexico (3-3 final score), although I think he’ll be on the bench to start the game, if he’s even listed on the roster at all.  I’m hopeful Fatai will be back to 100%, and we may even see the return of Innocent as a late-game sub.

The Quakes should continue using the two-DM 4-4-2 set, hopefully with Fatai and Pelosi Koval since Godoy and Pelosi are unavailable.  Pierazzi has been nursing an injury, and I would doubt he’d get the start, but may be a bench option for Kinnear.  I would expect the same back-line of Wynne, Muma, Goodson, and Francis.

The big question is: who will start at right-wing in place of Cordell and Sanna?  My guess is MPG, who appears ready to return, with Salinas on the left-wing.  Wondo and Quincy will certainly get the start up top.

I would expect to see Tommy and Leo on the bench as controlling midfield subs, JBP and Silva as DM subs, Jahn and hopefully Innocent as forward subs, Renato as a CB sub, and Meredith as the backup ‘keeper.

Final Score Prediction

If the Quakes don’t get a shut-out, I’ll get angry.  If we don’t score at least two goals, I’ll be angry.  You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry, so I’m predicting a 3-0 Quakes win at home over the hapless, depleted, last-place Union.

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