Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Live MLS preseason video: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC

It's the biggest day of the Major League Soccer preseason, with 10 live game streams here on the blog over the next 12 hours. First up, we finally get to see the new-look Philadelphia Union at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando.

Live MLS preseason video: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Danny Cruz. (Nick Wass/AP)
Union midfielder Danny Cruz. (Nick Wass/AP)

UPDATE: The game ended scoreless. The Union had some decent chances, with Maurice Edu and Vincent Nogueira setting up Jack McInerney for some good looks. I especially liked Cristian Maidana's influence from set pieces. New defender Austin Berry also made his Union debut, playing 35 minutes as a second-half substitute.

"Just like in most of these preseason games, you see some very good things," Union manager John Hackworth said in a statement issued by the team. “Those [are] moments you have to be able to build on, and be able to sustain those positives over longer periods of time. Clearly, we have some things we still need to improve on, but I thought today we created enough chances to easily put one or two in the back of the net today.”

Zac MacMath was not called upon too much, but he did make a few good saves when called upon. 

"I listen to the little things that he is saying to defenders, the team and the way he’s communicating, and I think that’s a sign of maturity and growth on his part,” Hackworth said.

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You can watch a replay of the game above.


It's the biggest day of the Major League Soccer preseason, with 10 live game streams here on the blog over the next 12 hours.

First up, we finally get to see the new-look Philadelphia Union at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando. Austin Berry is expected to make his Union debut lining up with fellow new signings Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira and Cristian Maidana.

Toronto FC underwent a huge offseason overhaul of its own, and has quickly become one of the Eastern Conference's elite teams. We're likely to see three of the team's new signings today: young forward Gilberto, U.S. national team midfield star Michael Bradley and Brazil national team starting goalkeeper Júlio César.

(Yes, you read that right. The man who will be standing between the sticks in net for the home team at the World Cup this summer is playing in Major League Soccer. It's not an understatement to call the loan deal that brought him to Toronto one of the most stunning moves in MLS history.)

The stage is set for a matchup that should give the Union as good a test as they'll get before the regular season begins. Kickoff at the Wide World of Sports Complex is set for 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

Here are the starting lineups. It looks like both teams are going with most of their top players, though we'll surely see plenty of substitutions.

Philadelphia Union (4-2-3-1, left to right)

Goalkeeper: Zac MacMath
Defenders: Fabinho, Aaron Wheeler, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams
Midfielders: Maurice Edu, Brian Carroll; Cristian Maidana, Vincent Nogueira, Sébastien Le Toux
Forward: Jack McInerney

Confirmed as not playing: D Richard Marquez; Ms Michael Lahoud, Pedro Ribeiro; Fs Conor Casey, Antoine Hoppenot

Toronto FC (4-4-1-1, left to right)

Goalkeeper: Júlio César
Defenders: Justin Morrow, Doneil Henry, Steven Caldwell, Nick Hagglund
Midfielders: Álvaro Rey, Jonathan Osorio, Michael Bradley, Jackson
Forwards: Dwayne De Rosario; Andrew Wiedeman

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