Friday, July 31, 2015

Live coverage: Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

The big day is finally here, as Sébastien Le Toux faces the Union this afternoon for the first time since being traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Live coverage: Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

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Sebastian Le Toux makes his return to PPL Park today against Vancouver. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Sebastian Le Toux makes his return to PPL Park today against Vancouver. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

Time: 4:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: PPL Park, Chester, Pa.
TV: WPVI-6 (J.P. Dellacamera, Bob Rigby and Keith Russell)

The big day is finally here, as Sébastien Le Toux faces the Union this afternoon for the first time since being traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps. 

As always, I'll be posting live updates on Twitter throughout the game, and you can follow along below. I'll also be pulling in tweets from some of the other reporters in the press box, from both the Philadelphia and Vancouver media.

Oh, and amid all the Le Toux hype, the Union are winless on the season and the Whitecaps are undefeated. So there will be plenty of storylines converging at PPL Park.

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If you want to kill some time before the game, read my exclusive interviews with Le Toux, Jordan Harvey and Whitecaps manager Martin Rennie.

I'll post the starting lineups when they are announced.

Pregame Injury Report

Philadelphia Union

Out: F Krystian Witkowski (concussion)
Questionable: D Chris Albright (left groin strain)
Probable: F Josué Martinez (plantar fasciitis)

Vancouver Whitecaps

Out: D Alain Rochat (left knee sprain); M Michael Nanchoff (left heel contusion); F Etienne Barbara (groin strain); F Eric Hassli (right ankle sprain); F Darren Mattocks (right shoulder burn*)
Questionable: GK Brian Sylvestre (right knee surgery)
Probable: F Camilo Sanvezzo (right quad strain)

* - Caused by a cooking accident in his kitchen. Yes, really.


Starting Lineups

Philadelphia Union (4-4-2)

Goalkeeper: Zac MacMath
Defenders: Porfirio Lopez, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdés, Sheanon Williams
Midfielders: Gabriel Farfan, Brian Carroll, Gabriel Gomez, Keon Daniel
Forwards: Lionard Pajoy, Chandler Hoffman

Bench: GK Chase Harrison; D Chris Albright; Ms Amobi Okugo, Michael Farfan; Fs Josué Martinez, Jack McInerney, Danny Mwanga

Vancouver Whitecaps (4-1-2-1-2)

Goalkeeper: Joe Cannon
Defenders: Jordan Harvey, Martin Bonjour, Jay DeMerit, Lee Young-Pyo
Midfielders: Jun Marques Davison, Matt Watson, John Thorrington, Davide Chiumiento
Forwards: Sébastien Le Toux, Atiba Harris

Bench: GK Brad Knighton; Ds Carlyle Mitchell, Greg Klazura; Ms Floyd Franks, Gershon Koffie; Fs Omar Salgado, Long Tan

If you're on a mobile device, click here to follow my game updates.

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