MLS Cup Final: Union hoping to do their part for Philadelphia on Saturday in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The last time two teams from the City of Brotherly Love fought for a title at the same time, Philadelphia sports fans got nothing. Andre Blake and the Philadelphia Union hope history doesn’t repeat itself.

The Union will compete in their first MLS Cup Finals on Saturday afternoon at the Los Angeles Football Club. Later that day, the Phillies will look to stay alive in the World Series and force a decider game when they take on the Houston Astros in Game 6.

“Philadelphia is doing really well at the moment,” said goaltender Blake. “There is also pressure, but we have to deal with that. It’s a great time to be a part of Philly sport and yes we’re in a good place. Hopefully we can really get it over the line.”

It’s the first time since 1980 that two Philly teams have had title runs at the same time. The Flyers lost to the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals and the 76ers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals that year. Both series went six games.

The Union does not enjoy a series. The MLS Cup is about everything.

Cory Burke of Philadelphia Union reacts after banging the drum after the second half of an MLS soccer game against New York City FC on Sunday, October 30, 2022 in Chester, Pennsylvania.

AP Photo/Chris Szagol

As the Phillies embarked on an unlikely postseason run to their first World Series since 2009, the Union has steadily worked toward their title shot. They won the Supporters Shield as the best team in the 2020 regular season and reached the Eastern Conference Finals last year before losing to eventual MLS Cup champions New York City FC.

Philadelphia led the league in the regular season with 72 goals and conceded a league-low 26.

“Over the past four or five years, we’ve shown a level of consistency that Philly might not really get that recognition in a way that a lot of people might not believe. If you look at the accumulated total points over these years, we’re at the top,” said midfielder Alejandro Bedoya.

After the Eagles started 8-0 for the first time in franchise history after their 29-17 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night, midfielder Dániel Gazdag said it was different to compete for attention across different sports, but exciting.

“We’re really excited to have the Eagles and the Phillies doing great this season and we support them and cheer for them. I hope they can win it too, and of course we can,” he said.

This is the fifth time teams from Philadelphia and Los Angeles have met with a professional sports title. The other four games were in the NBA, with the Lakers holding a 3-1 lead.

LAFC midfielder Kellyn Acosta is hoping for another championship for the City of Angels.

“I’m a Cowboys fan, so I don’t like the Eagles. I know they’re undefeated but I guess kudos to the Eagles,” he said. “The Phillies are in the World Series, so congratulations. And yes, we play against the Union. But yeah, we’re in LA, LA is home and we’re hoping to get a good result this weekend.”

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