The Black & Gold will are on the road to face the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday ahead of a two-week International break. Leading up to kickoff at 7 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium, here are three things to know about the current leaders of the Eastern Conference.
Philly is currently on a seven-game unbeaten streak and is undefeated in all six of its home matches at Talen Energy Stadium this season. The Union have only three losses on the season, the last dating back to April 16th when Philly fell 2-1 in Seattle. No doubt the Union will aim to keep their streak alive when Crew SC comes to town.
There's a lot of talent on the Union’s roster. Crew SC will have to slow down Philly’s lead scorer C.J. Sapong who has five goals on the season, followed by Chris Pontius who currently has four goals and three assists, as well as forward Sebastien Le Toux, who is one of the team’s leaders in assists with three in 2016. All three players combined are responsible for 11 of Philly's 17 goals this season. But on the defensive end, Philly will be without goalkeeper Andre Blake who has had three shutouts and currently ranks fifth in MLS for total saves this season with 39, right behind Crew SC goalkeeper Steve Clark who has 46. Blake will be preparing for Copa America with the Jamaican national team, so Matt Jones is ready make his MLS debut between the posts.
This week's match between Columbus and Philadelphia will mark the second of three regular season meetings between the clubs. In the Black & Gold’s home opener on March 12th, Philly left Columbus with three points after their first-ever win at MAPFRE Stadium. Philadelphia's Pontius scored both goals, finding the back of the net in first half stoppage time and late in the 71st. The Union are 4-4-0 at home against Crew SC. With a split record at Talen Energy Stadium, both teams will be hungry for three points.