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MATCHDAY: It's a fine day for soccer as Union open home slate vs. New England Revolution

MATCHDAY: It's a fine day for soccer as Union open home slate vs. New England Revolution

The sun (and warmth!) are expected at PPL Park on Saturday (Steve Moore photo)

Well, after the winter we've had, I think we all deserve a beautiful Saturday.

As for Philadelphia Union fans -- who have sat through tropical storms, thunderstorm delays, bitter cold and four seasons of up-and-down-mostly-mediocre soccer -- well, they deserve this weather to fall on this day.

We told you about John Hackworth's one year to get it right.

We educated you on the revamped roster and who holds the keys to a successful season.

We told you why last week's draw wasn't so bad, and why even the biggest soccer snobs should pay attention.

Heck, we even told you what kind of beer to buy (bring me some, kthanks).

Probable Union lineup, courtesy our friend Kevin Kinkead

Now to the nuts and bolts. The Union will likely trot out the same lineup as they did last weekend in Portland (at right, courtesy Kevin Kinkead). If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I haven't heard anything about Sheanon Williams being 100% fit just yet, so expect Raymon Gaddis to start at right back once again. The bench will probably look the same, and you can even probably count on seeing the same substitutions.

You can expect the new guys -- Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana and Maurice Edu -- to get absolutely raucous welcomes from the Sons of Ben that should make your hair stand on end. The crowd will be well lubed up by 4 p.m., and ready to explode. Whether the Union can feed off that energy will be key. They need to get off on the right foot, and get a first-half lead. Otherwise, the fans will get restless and players can get tight. I don't see that happening.

I'm usually pretty conservative with my predictions, but the Union know what they have and are only going to grow. New England (with a possible lineup from our friend Kevin Kinkead) is not as bad as it appeared in last week's 4-0 drubbing to Houston. But they're set for a let-down this year after last year's surprise playoff appearance.

Prediction: Union 4, Revolution 1

Goals: McInerney (2), Maidana, Edu.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
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Eagles Injury Update: Rodney McLeod questionable; others ruled out

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Eagles Injury Update: Rodney McLeod questionable; others ruled out

Rodney McLeod will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Giants. 

And the Eagles are really hoping he's able to play. 

McLeod is questionable with a hamstring injury he suffered against the Chiefs, while his backups, Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins, have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants with hamstring injuries of their own. Earlier in the day, head coach Doug Pederson said Graham and Watkins would be game-time decisions too; turns out that isn't the case. 

McLeod said he has been healing throughout the week but truly won't know if he'll be able to play or not until Sunday before the game. He was a limited participant in Friday's practice after missing Wednesday and Thursday. The other two members of the Hamstrung Trio missed all three days. 

In addition to Graham and Watkins, Destiny Vaeao (wrist) and Ronald Darby (ankle) have also been ruled out for Sunday. Torrey Smith (illness) is questionable. 

After injuring his hamstring early during last Sunday's game, McLeod was visibly hurting and upset about the injury. He said he's been focusing on treatment all week and is starting to feel better. 

Missing Sunday's game will be tough for Graham because it will snap his 159-game consecutive streak. It was the second-longest among defensive backs in the league. It hurts the Eagles even more. 

With two safeties already ruled out and one questionable, the Eagles are in a tough spot at safety. Their only truly healthy players at the position are Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Maragos and newcomer Trae Elston. 

What are the options if McLeod can't play? 

"Just look at the roster, see who we got," Pederson said. "There's Maragos, we signed Trae. If those two guys, who else you going to ... I'll go back there and play if I have to."