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Friday, July 12, 2013

Union-Chivas: Lineups and pre-game thoughts

Philadelphia Union (7-6-6, 27 points) 
Casey-Le Toux
Bench: Konopka, Albright, Fabinho, Anding, Kassel, Hoppenot, Wheeler

Chivas USA (3-10-5, 14 points)
Soto-Vilchez-de Luna-Delgado
Bench: McLain, Burling, Borja, Iraheta, Rivera, Bowen, Morales

- Leo Fernandes gets another chance to impress, his third straight start, but we’ll see where that comes on the pitch. Conventional logic would place him centrally next to Brian Carroll, but he could also occupy the wing, with Michael Farfan taking up the central role. Or Sebastien Le Toux could tuck into the midfield, adopting a 4-5-1 with either Farfan or Fernandes tucking in behind Conor Casey. There are options a plenty, and against a team like Chivas with less than a half dozen games under coach Jose Luis Real, Union manager John Hackworth probably likes having options. 

- Fabinho starts on the bench, giving him the possibility for his first appearance for the team. It’s a rare day when the Union name two defenders – ore have two defenders to name.

- Well, no Carlos Bocanegra, contrary to what was expected by the Union. The new DP acquisition and American international doesn’t make the bench in what could’ve been his MLS re-debut.

- Jose Correa may be ostensibly the lone forward, but look for Eric Avila to have a big part in the game. The MLS veteran leads the team with two goals this season and is second with two assists. He’ll present a challenge out wide for whichever Union winger he’s matched up with.

- The matchup we’re all looking for – Farfan v. Farfan – should come to fruition. Gabriel looks to occupy a central attacking role, while Michael should also be deployed in a similar capacity. That should mean brotherly love is on hold for a night.

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