The Philadelphia Union will receive a major boost when they host the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Union (1-1-1) will have lightning-quick Fafa Picault available for roster selection. Picault missed the first three games because of a league-imposed suspension for using bad language during a preseason game on Feb. 14.
“I’ve had a lot of time over the last four to five weeks to think about it. From my side it was a situation where I feel could have been misinterpreted,” Picault told Philadelphiaunion.com. “I served my penalty; I served the three games over the last five weeks. It felt longer than it should have just cause of the byes and the international break. Now I’m ready to get to it and I’m excited for a long and successful year.”
The Union lost for the first time last Saturday, falling 3-0 at Colorado. But they’re unbeaten at home this season with a win over the New England Revolution and a scoreless draw against Columbus Crew SC.
Philadelphia is unbeaten in its last four games against the Earthquakes with a 2-0-2 mark. The Union haven’t allowed a goal at home in the first two games.
Injuries continue to derail the Union with three defenders listed as out — Fabinho (right knee), Richie Marquez (sports hernia) and Josh Yaro (strained right adductor).
San Jose has scored in the first half in all three games but only has one victory to show for the offensive output. In the last game, an early lead wound up being a disappointing 2-1 loss to New York City FC.
The Earthquakes are 1-2-0.
“The disappointment is huge,” San Jose midfielder Magnus Eriksson told reporters after the loss to NYCFC. “There are a lot of players in this locker room that hate to lose. Still, we’re going in the right direction. The last 30 minutes was good. But the 90 minutes was not good enough to win the game.”
The Earthquakes have sputtered on the road with only one victory in their last 11 games.
—Field Level Media