May 9, 2012; Chester, PA, USA; FC Schalke midfielder Marco Hoger battles Philadelphia Union defender Gabriel Farfan (15) for ball during the first half at PPL Park. Philadelphia Union defeat FC Schalke 04 by a score of 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
The Philadelphia Union host a critical MLS Eastern Conference showdown with I-95 rivals the New York Red Bulls on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
The Philadelphia Union will face their toughest test of the 2012 season Sunday, as they host the very hot New York Red Bulls in a nationally televised MLS contest (12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2) at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. This Eastern Conference showdown will be the first of three meeting between the two franchises, which currently sit on opposite ends of the standings.
Entering Sunday's game, the Union (2-5-1) sit in second-to-last place, seven points ahead of the winless Toronto FC, while New York (6-3-1) is in second place just two points behind first-place Sporting Kansas City.
Philadelphia is hoping its home-field advantage is what will be a big factor in the game, which history tells us (the home team has never lost in this series all-time) it will.