By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Union will be on the road on Saturday night, visiting D.C. United.
Now this is really a match Philadelphia needs to get a result out of. The Union currently hold the fifth and final playoff spot in MLS Eastern Conference (with 45 points) with three matches remaining, but they are just two points ahead of sixth-place Chicago. D.C. United, meanwhile, is limping to the end of an awful season. They have just three wins in 2013 and their 15 points are easily the lowest total in all of MLS.
Saturday’s match will also be a special one for Union midfielder Brian Carroll. It will be the 300th match of the veteran’s MLS career.
“Its been great,” Carroll says of his career to KYW Newsradio. “A lot of people have helped me out along the way. A lot of good teammates, a lot of good coaching staffs. My family and friends have been in support of me since day one. Didn’t really know how it was going to go after my rookie year, not having my number called once (in 2003 with D.C. United). But I got my opportunity to start off the first game of my second season as a pro. Just wanted to stick around, and was able to do that and haven’t looked back since. It’s been a great ride and I’m just happy to be a part of a good locker room like we have here with the Union and just to be playing for a good staff that we have in place here. And the fans are unbelievable so you can’t really ask for much better.”