The Philadelphia Union is the only Major League Soccer franchises presently in Pennsylvania. Since 2010, the team has enjoyed a solid following with games averaging over 18,500 fans at Talen Energy Stadium.
While the team has never been the most successful, they are beginning to show signs of life and may become a contender soon. Learn more about this fledgling MLS franchise, their outlook for 2019, and information on Philadelphia Union betting.
Expansion Team With Little Success Thus Far
The Philadelphia Union joined Major League Soccer in 2010 as an expansion team . Team managed to make the playoffs in just their second season of play, and it appeared the team might be a contender in the league.
Unfortunately, since 2011, the Union have only qualified for the playoffs twice more and have only posted one winning record. However, it has not been all bad news as the team has competed well in the U.S. Open Cup, a non-MLS tournament. The team has finished runner-up in the tournament in 2014,2015, and 2018.
In 2018, the Union had their best record to date, going 15-14-5 and making the playoffs for the third time in franchise history.
Team Outlook for 2019 and Beyond
During the offseason, the Union picked up Mexican National Team midfielder Marco Fabian. His experience is seen as a key ingredient that the Union needs to make a repeat trip to the playoffs. They also signed 24-year-old striker Sergio Santos, and if he can perform at a high level, the team may have a potent attacking end.
The team is comprised of multiple veteran players and presently look to be a team on the rise. Most projections put the Union at finishing either third or fourth in the Eastern Conference. If so, they will easily make the playoffs and continue to build on a solid 2018.
We aren’t giving the Philadelphia Union odds to win it all anytime soon, but they are a team that should steadily build to be a contender over the next couple of years.
Betting on the Union at Pennsylvania Sportsbooks
While soccer isn’t on the same level as baseball, football, or basketball, there are still many diehard MLS, and Philadelphia Union fans out there looking to place their bets. Once PA online sportsbooks open this Summer, expect plenty of Philadelphia Union betting action.
There will be at least seven different online sportsbooks available to give Philadelphia Union odds on both regular season and playoff games. You may be able to bet on other matches, such as the U.S. Open Cup.
Whether you’re looking to bet on goal lines, futures, correct score, or even in-action betting, you should have plenty of opportunities to do so. Of course, you don’t have to be a Union fan to bet on MLS action. PA online sportsbooks will take bets on all MLS games across the league.