|Referee||Sorin Stoica (USA)|
|Assistants||Sean Hurd, Craig Lowry, Daniel Fitzgerald
|All Time Head-to-Head||PU 3, TFC 2, draw 2
||PU 2, TFC 0 draw 2
|Last Year||PU 1, TFC 1, draw 1|
|Last Meeting||9/15/2012, PU 1-1 TFC|
|Weather||Cloudy w/ Sunny Breaks, 18°C|
|Wind||W 19 km/h|
Five games in, and well, it's not been perfect, but it's not been the horror show that we're used to. Will that change today on the pitch of PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania? If you look at past record, you'd probably be tempted to say yes (However it seems our readers are feeling contrarian, and are picking a TFC win en masse in our Are You Smarter? game...do you agree or disagree?)
But given all the records, Philadelphia currently sits a place above TFC in the Eastern Conference table, a measly two points separating the two sides. They are coming off a two-game road swing that saw them lose to New York and draw with Columbus. They're coming home for a refresher, and then are back on the road again. Will the home cooking help John Hackworth's boys get back to winning ways?
The Reds meanwhile, are coming off a wonderstrike from Darel Russell that somehow didn't win Goal of the Week (curse you Ryan Johnson) that rescued a point from Dallas at home. But with Hogan Ephraim having one of his worst games last week and Robert Earnshaw largely neutralized, and some players really not having the effect that Ryan Nelsen might have been hoping for (again, Russell is one of those, goal or not) -- how will they be able to get past Zac McMath, or even Amobi Okugo? Can they even defend against a hot-and-cold Jack McInerney? Or will Luis Silva once again prove to be the difference maker from the substitutes bench? All will be answered today.
We'll have the lineups as soon as they hit twitter, so join us here -- turn on the TV to Sportsnet Ontario (or MLS Live, or 6ABC if you are in the Greater Philadelphia area), fire up your browser and join us in match for live chat, updates and other fun stuff. Remember...the thread is yours, so feel free to cheer, groan and remonstrate with us