The two closest teams in the Eastern conference are fighting for position at the top of the East.
|New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Robles; Barklage, Olave, Holgersson, Miller; Alexander, McCarty, Steele, Luyindula; Espindola, Henry .||
OUT: Ian Christianson (Toe Injury), Tim Cahill (R PCL Tear), Kosuke Kimura (Concussion), Heath Pearce (Hip Surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: Lloyd Sam (L Quadriceps Strain)
|Philadelphia Union (4-4-2): MacMath; Williams, Okugo, Parke, Fabinho; Le Toux, Carroll, Daniel, Cruz; Casey, McInerney.
QUESTIONABLE: Ray Gaddis (R ankle sprain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Separated by a 100-mile stretch of Interstate 95, Philadelphia and New York are the two geographically closest teams in MLS that don't share a stadium.
- This will be the third meeting this season between the pair. New York claimed its first MLS victory under head coach Mike Petke with a 2-1 win at Red Bull Arena on March 30. The Union then turned around and won 3-0 on June 23, snapping New York's five-game stretch of dominance.
- New York is second in the Eastern Conference with 38 points from 24 matches. Philly is just back in third, with one point fewer from the same number of matches. If either team won this match, it would end the day on top of the Eastern Conference.
- When he came on late in the Union's 3-0 win back in June, defender Matt Kassel became the first homegrown MLS player to play against the team that originally signed him.
- With 12 assists, Philadelphia's Sebastien Le Toux (a former Red Bull player) leads MLS. Union right back Sheanon Williams has the best mark among defenders, with eight.