Kick-off 01:00 pm ET
Date: Saturday, 26 February 2022
Competition: MLS 2022 Regular Season
Venue: Subaru Park
Philadelphia Union opened the MLS 2022 season with the visit of Minnesota United FC. Philadelphia Union lost to New York City FC in the semi-finals of the 2021 MLS Cup, which ended their hopes of winning the trophy.
Minnesota United, on the other hand, were eliminated from the MLS Cup 2021 round of 16 by finalists Portland Timbers despite a promising start.
In the Western Conference last season, Minnesota United FC finished fifth at the end of the regular season while Philadelphia Union finished second behind MLS Supporters Shield winners, the New England Revolution.
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Match Preview and Prediction
Philadelphia Union recorded just one win out of three Preseason friendlies. A 2-1 win over CF Montréal was the only headline of the Philly Preseason tour ahead of the 2022 MLS season.
Philadelphia Union reached the semi-finals of the 2021 MLS Cup playoffs, where they lost to eventual winners New York City FC. Head Coach Jim Curtin entrusted the 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 formation, which did not work correctly against the New York City FC.
Although some experiments were conducted, Jim Curtin could still follow last season’s 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 formation in the MLS 2022 opener against Minnesota United FC.
Minnesota United FC was unlucky in the 2021 MLS Cup round of 16 after being eliminated by Portland Timbers. The Minnesota based soccer team had struggled throughout their Preseason friendlies.
In five matches played by Minnesota United, just one win and three draws was recorded.
Last season in the club’s previous competition match against Portland Timbers in the Round of 16, Head Coach Adrian Heath sought a 4 – 2 – 3 – 1 formation, which did not work correctly as his side were outmatched by Portland, who won the game 3-1.
Adrian Heath, however, enjoyed many victories with the 4 – 2 – 3 – 1 formation throughout the regular season last year, and it could be his number one formation in the 2022 MLS season.
Score Prediction: 2-1
Philadelphia: Draw – Win – Draw
Minnesota: Draw – Win – Loss Draw – Draw
Goalkeepers (3): Joe Bendik, Andre Blake, Matt Freese
Defenders (6): Jack Elliott, Stuart Findlay, Jakob Glesnes, Nathan Harriel, Olivier Mbaizo, Kai Wagner
Midfielders (13): Paxten Aaronson, Alejandro Bedoya, Jesús Bueno, Brandan Craig, Jack de Vries, Leon Flach, Daniel Gazdag, José Martínez, Jack McGlynn, Jamiro Monteiro, Matej Oravec, Quinn Sullivan, Cole Turner
Forwards (3): Cory Burke, Kacper Przybylko, Sergio Santos