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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Union-Fire: Lineups and pregame thoughts

Philadelphia Union (4-1-3-2) 
Le Toux-McInerney 
Bench: Konopka, Albright, Daniel, Torres, Fernandes, Casey, Hoppenot

Chicago Fire (4-4-2)
Bench: Tornaghi, King, Bone, MacDonald, Amarikwa, Videira, Alex

 - It seems like the lineup many have been waiting for has finally come to fruition. Gone is Keon Daniel after a lackluster midweek showing in a loss to Los Angeles. In is Michael Farfan, giving the Union what on paper appears to be its best midfield foursome. Kleberson returns in the middle to be the fulcrum of that advanced triumvirate.

- Bakary Soumare starts a third game in eight days with Jeff Parke not yet ready to go (my preview is grateful for that). Parke participated fully in training this week and was listed as questionable, but he doesn’t make the 18 on this cold rainy day.

- Conor Casey is on the bench for a second straight game in favor of Sebastien Le Toux, pairing Jack McInerney. With Casey and Antoine Hoppenot on the bench, expect changes.

- Chicago makes just one change this week, with the suspended Jeff Larentowicz returning to the lineup to replace Daniel Paladini. Sherjil MacDonald recovers from his bout of strep to make the bench after being out altogether last week, while Maicon Santos is dropped for the 18. The emphasis on speed in the forms of Patrick Nyarko, Chris Rolfe and Dilly Duka remains.

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