Friday, December 26, 2014

Live updates: Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

Austin Berry returns to the starting lineup and Andrew Wenger makes his Union debut this afternoon at a sun-drenched PPL Park.

Live updates: Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

Sebastien Le Toux, left, of France, heads the ball from Real Salt Lake´s Tony Beltran (2) in the first half during an MLS soccer match at PPL Park in Chester, PA., Saturday, April 12, 2014. (Rich Schultz/AP)
Sebastien Le Toux, left, of France, heads the ball from Real Salt Lake's Tony Beltran (2) in the first half during an MLS soccer match at PPL Park in Chester, PA., Saturday, April 12, 2014. (Rich Schultz/AP)

Time: 4:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: PPL Park, Chester, Pa.
TV: WPVI-6 (J.P. Dellacamera, Peter Pappas, Heather Mitts, Tony Limarzi and Kristian Dyer) and Univision Deportes (Luis Omar Tapia and Diego Balado)

Austin Berry returns to the starting lineup and Andrew Wenger makes his Union debut this afternoon at a sun-drenched PPL Park. Real Salt Lake is without four of its stalwarts: goalkeeper Nick Rimando, midfielder Luis Gil and forwards Robbie Findley and Joao Plata. But the vistors still have the rest of their spine intact. 

Most neutral observers will be watching the battle between Maurice Edu and RSL's Kyle Beckerman, two central midfielders who could be vying for the same place on the United States World Cup team. It's also worth keeping an eye on RSL's Javier Morales, one of Major League Soccer's most savvy playmakers.

Starting Lineups

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

Goalkeeper: Zac MacMath
Defenders: Raymon Gaddis, Austin Berry, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams
Midfielders: Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu; Leo Fernandes, Vincent Nogueira, Sébastien Le Toux
Forward: Andrew Wenger

Bench: GK Brian Holt; D Aaron Wheeler; Ms Corben Bone, Michael Lahoud, Cristian Maidana; Fs Conor Casey, Antoine Hoppenot

Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2, left to right)

Goalkeeper: Jeff Attinella
Defenders: Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran, Chris Wingert
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman; Luke Mulholland, Ned Gravaboy; Javier Morales
Forwards: Olmes García, Álvaro Saborío

Bench: GK Lalo Fernandez; Ds Kenny Mansally, Carlos Salcedo; Ms Cole Grossman, John Stertzer, Sebastián Velásquez, Fs Devon Sandoval

Officials

Referee: Alan Kelly
Linesmen: Adam Wienckowski (bench side), Brian Dunn (far side)
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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