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Philadelphia Union Look To Extend Unbeaten Streak To Four Versus San Jose Earthquakes

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Since falling to DC United 2-0 on August 22nd, the Union have been a franchise record tear.  Recent form has been positive for the Union, as the past four MLS games have yielded a total of seven points.  Two wins and a draw have pushed the Union into the realm of asking the question of "Playoffs"?  Sitting in sixth place, the Union are only three points out of a tie with the Kansas City Wizards for fourth place in the Eastern Conference (though the Union would technically be in fifth place based upon goal differential).  Still, the Union have a long ladder to climb to gain entry into the 2010 playoffs.  The Union are 9 points and +8 goals away from the last wildcard slot.  Nevertheless, the Union have accomplished more in the second half of the season than most prognosticators would have ever predicted them to.  

The San Jose Earthquakes sit in a very similar position in the Western Conference, residing in sixth place.  However, the Earthquakes find themselves in a very tight spot as the third wild card holders.  With a five point lead over Toronto FC, the next-in-line for the fourth wild card spot, and maintaining a goal differential lead for the third spot over the Seattle Sounders.  Since August 28th, the Earthquakes are 1-0-1, gaining four points.

Notes:

  • The Union's playoff hopes are still alive.  Barely, but still there.
  • Danny Mwanga will be making the trip with the the Union.
  • MLS rosters are now frozen.