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Preview: Austin FC vs. Philadelphia Union

Preview: Austin FC vs. Philadelphia Union

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Major League Soccer clash between Austin FC and Philadelphia Union, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two teams still in search of their first wins of the 2024 Major League Soccer season go head to head at the Q2 Stadium on Sunday as Austin FC play host to Philadelphia Union.

The hosts had to make do with a share of the spoils last time out, while their visitors will be looking to bounce back from a 6-0 thrashing.

Match preview

Austin FC forward CJ Fodrey (19) reacts to midfielder Alexander Ring (8) scoring on September 3, 2023© Reuters

Austin FC played out a second straight stalemate as they drew 2-2 against St. Louis City when the teams went head to head in Texas on Sunday.

Josh Wolff‘s men led 1-0 and 2-1 through strikes from Matt Hedges and Julio Cascante but were pegged back on either occasion by Eduard Lowen and Celio Pompeu.

As a result, Los Verdes have dropped down to 11th position in the Western Conference of the MLS table, one point off playoff contention.

Coming up next is the challenge of an opposing outfit who are unbeaten from the previous two editions of this fixture, winning and drawing one game apiece.

Currently on a run of one win in six home matches leading up to Sunday’s affair, the hosts set out to get themselves going in front of their fans.

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin takes the field on February 25, 2024© Reuters

Philadelphia Union saw their CONCACAF Champions Cup journey come to an end following a 6-0 defeat against Mexican side Pachuca on Wednesday.

Jim Curtin‘s men conceded a hat-trick to Salomon Rondon after which Nelson Deossa, Oussama Idrissi and Alan Bautista put the outcome beyond doubt.

Prior to that, Zolos saw their league clash against Seattle Sounders end abruptly due to bad weather and have consequently dropped to 11th in the Eastern Conference standings.

Ahead of a daunting assignment against division leaders Portland Timbers seven days later, Sunday’s visitors will be keen to pick up a morale-boosting result this weekend.

Austin FC Major League Soccer form:

Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer form:

Philadelphia Union form (all competitions):

Team News

Leo Vaisanen is set to miss a third consecutive match due to a muscle injury he sustained against Minnesota United back in late February.

Julio Cascante has started every league game for the home side since then and is expected to retain his place in the lineup this weekend.

Midfielder Leon Flach remains without an appearance for Philadelphia Union in over three months as he continues to nurse a knee problem.

This weekend’s visitors are also set to be without 21-year-old Isaiah LeFlore who is however closing in on a return to action from an ankle injury.

Austin FC possible starting lineup:
Stuver; Gallagher, Cascante, Hedges, Kolmanic; Jimenez, Ring; Obrian, Rubio, Finlay; Zardes

Philadelphia Union possible starting lineup:
Blake; Mbaizo, Glesnes, Harriel, Wagner; Martinez, McGlynn; Bedoya, Sullivan, Gazdag; Uhre

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We say: Austin FC 1-1 Philadelphia Union

Clean sheets have been at a premium for both sides of late and we expect neither of them to come away unbreached from this one. We are also backing a share of the spoils with honours even at the sound of the final whistle.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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