Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 23
Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo
Talen Energy Stadium - Chester
August 11 - 6:00 PM ET


The Philadelphia Union look to extend their lead atop the Eastern Conference when they host the Houston Dynamo on Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium.

The Union (12-7-6) enter with a three-point lead ahead of second-place Atlanta United following a 5-1 thrashing of D.C. United at Audi Field last Saturday. Alejandro Bedoya set the tone early in the first half, and Marco Fabian struck in first-half stoppage time to give the visitors a two-goal halftime lead. Kacper Przybylko then made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute. After Frederic Brillant gave the hosts a lifeline two minutes later, Fabian had his brace in the 72nd minute and Fafa Picault closed the scoring in the 90th minute.  

The Dynamo (9-12-3) rallied from an early deficit, though conceded twice late and fell to New York City FC, 3-2, at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. Juan David Cabezas canceled out Alexandru Mitrita's opening goal with a 26th-minute equalizer. Even after Romell Quioto was sent off on a straight red card in the 29th minute for a forearm to the back of Ronald Matarrita's head, the Dynamo led after Mauro Manotas scored against the run of play in the 77th minute. But Taty Castellanos scored a late brace, leaving Houston to drop a third straight game and lose for the sixth time in the last seven games.

Philadelphia vs. Houston

Sunday, August 11 at 6:00 PM ET
Talen Energy Stadium


Philadelphia Union

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Haris Medunjanin (M), Alejandro Bedoya (M)
  • International duty:  None

Houston Dynamo

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
  • Suspended: Romell Quioto (M), Matias Vera (M)
  • Suspended after next caution: Maynor Figueroa (D), Romell Quioto (M)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Union

  • Union: 3 wins, 9 goals 
  • Dynamo: 1 win, 4 goals 
  • 4 draws


  • Referee: Marcos DeOliveira
  • Assistant Referees:  Kyle Atkins, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
  • 4th Official:  Danielle Chesky
  • VAR:  Allen Chapman

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