Union seeks to avenge loss in match play

April 26, 2010 9:38:44 AM PDT
Philadelphia Union seek to avenge Saturday's 2-1 loss to New York when they return to Red Bull Arena for the Lamar Hunt Open Cup play in match tomorrow. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. Should they advance, Philadelphia will play the New England Revolution in the next round at a site to be determined on May 12.The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an annual competition that is open to all amateur and professional soccer teams that are affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest tournament in the U.S. beginning in 1914 when Brooklyn Field Club took home the very first title. Major League Soccer teams were first included in the tournament in the inaugural 1996 season.

The Union (1-3-0) returns to regular season play on Saturday, May 1 when the squad travels to face Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy at 10:30 p.m. EST on the Live Well HD Network.

The trip will be a homecoming for nine of the 21 players of the Union's roster, as eight players hail from the state of California. Midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi started 20 of 23 games for the Galaxy last season before being picked up by Philadelphia in last season's Expansion Draft. Both Danny Califf and Alejandro Moreno began their MLS careers with the Galaxy, with Califf playing from 2001-2004 and Moreno suiting up from 2002-2004.

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