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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Philadelphia Union
MLS Regular Season Week 9 - WFC Match 9
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 2 p.m. PT
BC Place, Vancouver, BC
TV: TSN - RADIO: TSN Radio 1040
RAISING THEM RIGHT: Whitecaps FC and the Union are near the league leaders with seven Homegrown players each on their roster, evidence of both clubs' strong Academy programs. Russell Teibert, who made his 100th MLS regular season start last Saturday at Orlando City SC, emerged from the 'Caps youth system into a leader in the locker room and on the pitch, while Auston Trusty has become a staple on the Philadelphia backline.
PLAYMAKERS - YOUTH VS. EXPERIENCE: The fixture features a matchup of youth versus experience in the midfield. The 'Caps look to crafty Young Designated Player Inbeom Hwang to break down Union defenders with his dribbling and passing. On the other hand, new Designated Player and Mexican international Marco Fabian will try to create opportunities for Philadelphia.
STOPPING THE TRIDENT: The centre back duo of Erik Godoy and Doneil Henry will have their hands full with the attacking trio of Marco Fabian, David Accam, and Fafa Picault. After a winless three-game start, Philadelphia have rattled off four victories in their last five matches, thanks in large part to the threesome fronting their new-look 4-4-2 formation.