For kicks: The Union dispatched Rochester, 3-0, on Wednesday, setting the stage for this rematch. It was United that beat the Union, 4-2, on penalty kicks last May in a match in which captain Carlos Valdes and manager Peter Nowak were ejected ... Former Union forward Carlos Ruiz’ opening goal and a second overtime equalizer from Brian Carroll allowed for a riveting game at the SoccerPlex.
Union at Reading United
When: Saturday, June 9; 7 p.m.
Where: Don Thomas Stadium, Exeter, Pa.
For kicks: This marks the third meeting between the Union and its developmental affiliate. Last May when these two teams met, the Union was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw after Reading made it level in stoppage time, nullifying a goal from defender Gabriel Farfan ... This match marks a homecoming of sorts for defender Raymon Gaddis, who spent a season in Reading (2010-11) before being selected as the Union’s final pick in January’s MLS SuperDraft.
Union at Harrisburg City
When: Tuesday, June 12; 7 p.m.
Where: Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa.
Last time out: The Union escaped with a 5-3 victory, scoring all five goals in the second half after heading into the halftime break down, 2-0.
For kicks: This match in many ways could be a potential first look at the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Open Cup. Assuming the Union defeats United and the Islanders can weather the storm against Red Bull New York, the Union will face its other minor league affiliate on June 26, presumably at PPL Park.
Out for the Union: Zac MacMath, GK (concussion symptoms); FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms)
Doubtful: Sheanon Williams, D (right big toe sprain); Roger Torres, MF (left knee surgery recovery)
Questionable: Chase Harrison, GK (left ankle sprain); Chris Albright, D (left big toe sprain); Raymon Gaddis, D (illness); Cristhian Hernandez, MF (left ankle sprain/right calf contusion)
The Union is without defender Porfirio Lopez (Costa Rica) and leading goal scorer Gabriel Gomez (Panama) because of World Cup qualifying matches beginning next week.
— Kerith Gabriel