How To Watch and Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders - MLS - 03/09/2024

Union Faces Challenge Against a Depleted Seattle in a Conference Leaders Clash

Philadelphia Union v Sporting Kansas City
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All eyes will be on Subaru Park in Chester, Pennsylvania next Saturday night as the Philadelphia Union takes on the Seattle Sounders FC in a matchup that promises to be thrilling. This showdown between the Eastern Conference leader and a Seattle Sounders still finding their best form is generating great anticipation among soccer fans and pundits.

The Union enters the contest without a loss in both domestic and continental competitions. With four consecutive draws following an opening win in the Concacaf Champions Cup, the Philadelphia side has shown resilience and determination on the field. However, the challenge against the Seattle Sounders will represent a crucial test for the team's physical and mental fortitude, especially after a tight encounter with Pachuca midweek.

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On the other hand, the Seattle Sounders, despite an uneven start to the season, are still a force to be reckoned with. The team faces significant absences, with key players such as Pedro de la Vega, Stefan Frei, Albert Rusnák, and João Paulo out due to injuries. This undoubtedly puts additional pressure on the visiting team, especially when confronted with the challenge of facing such a solid opponent as the Union.

The match will be broadcast live on MLS Season Pass, available on the Apple TV platform, allowing fans to enjoy every moment of this exciting duel no matter where they are. Additionally, listeners can tune in to 950 KJR AM and El Rey 1360AM radio stations for radio coverage of the game.

Despite the absences of the Seattle Sounders, the Union cannot underestimate the determination and quality of the visiting team. The clash between these two teams offers the perfect opportunity for lesser-used players to shine and showcase their worth. Players like Josh Atencio, who has demonstrated his midfield prowess, could be crucial to Seattle Sounders' strategy in this game. Another aspect to consider is both teams' ability to score late in the game. While the Union has shown the ability to score goals in crucial moments, the Seattle Sounders also have the potential to surprise, even amidst the challenges they face.