The Philadelphia Union started their preseason in the last week of January with a fixture against Atlanta United, before then facing the Chicago Fire, Montreal Impact and FC Cincinnati. Matches against MLS new-boys Inter Miami CF, FC Dallas and D.C. United will also take place before the start of the regular season, which comes on February 29 for the Union.
The Union open their MLS campaign against FC Dallas, before a trip to face last year’s runaway Supporters’ Shield champions, Los Angeles FC. Philadelphia’s home opener comes on the third weekend of the season when they face the San Jose Earthquakes, before hosting D.C. United a week later.
After a couple of road games, the Union then have a triple-header at home, hosting the Montreal Impact, LA Galaxy and New York City FC. They face expansion team Nashville SC in mid-May, before trips to the Red Bulls and Atlanta. Their run-in at the end of the campaign will see them face Orlando City, the New England Revolution, FC Cincinnati and the NY Red Bulls again, before a Decision Day showdown with the Chicago Fire on October 4.
Along with the league campaign, the Union will also feature in the domestic cup competition, the U.S. Open Cup, where they will enter in the fourth round thanks to their finishing position in the league last season. The club will also feature in the Leagues Cup, the secondary continental tournament, where they will face a Liga MX side on home soil in the summer, with the hope of advancing to the quarter-finals.
But the Union’s focus will be on righting the playoffs wrongs of last season. And given that they return many of the impactful players from that glistening campaign, they must achieve exactly that.