Though the closed-door nature of the match meant that a good deal of information on both teams was not publicly available, Philadelphia shared their starting XI — looking close to a full-strength unit to start the game — while Cincinnati head coach Ron Jans (pictured above) talked before the game about some of his lineup choices.
The Dutch head coach noted that he would swap his outfield players at halftime, similar to what he did in previous outings against Phoenix Rising FC and Sporting Kansas City, and that only the goalkeeper would play the full 90 minutes. Per the club's website, defenders Andrew Gutman and Tom Pettersson missed out with injuries, with Gutman likely to return to action in the coming weekend and Pettersson possibly following suit next week.
Both teams will continue their preseason preparations against expansion teams this weekend, with the Union taking on Inter Miami on Saturday before Cincinnati take on Nashville on Sunday, with both games taking place at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
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Philadelphia starting XI (4-4-2 diamond): Andre Blake; Raymon Gaddis, Jack Elliott, Mark McKenzie, Matt Real; Matej Oravec; Alejandro Bedoya, Brenden Aaronson; Jamiro Monteiro; Kacper Przybylko, Sergio Santos
FC Cincinnati's lineup information for this closed-door friendly was not available.