Reporting Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It should be a great match-up tonight in Chester as the Philadelphia Union host the defending MLS champs, the Colorado Rapids.
Union are coming off a pair of international friendlies against Everton (1-0 win) and Real Madrid (2-1 loss). Their last MLS match was back on July 17th, when they shut out New England on the road 3-0. Overall, Philadelphia has 31 points and they are tied with Columbus Crew for the top spot in MLS Eastern Conference.
Colorado also with 31 points, but in the West, that’s only good for 5th place and Union forward Sebastien Le Toux says they always bring their ‘A’ game, “It’s a very good team, it’s the champions. I’m sure they are coming here to get points, too. So we are going to be ready for this game.”
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Le Toux says they are looking forward to matching up with the team holding the title they hope to one day grab themselves, “Yeah, of course. I think everybody knows who they are, they have a lot of quality players. It makes us maybe more careful, and want to do the best against them and try to show them that this year we are here too and they have to count on us for the title this year.”
Rapids will be without a key piece tonight: Forward Conor Casey (and his team-leading six goals) out for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury he suffered earlier this month in a match against Seattle.
First kick tonight is set for 7:30 p.m.
Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060