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.

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

As Carson Wentz rolls out of bed, he wins an award. Brushes his teeth, wins an award. Eats breakfast, award.

This time, the Eagles' rookie quarterback has been named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Steelers in a 34-3 Week 3 win.

Against the Steelers, Wentz completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and a 125.9 passer rating. He beat out Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and teammate Wendell Smallwood.

This is the second time in three weeks that Wentz has been named the NFL Rookie of the Week.

Here are the awards Wentz has won so far this season:

- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1
- NFC Offensive Player of Week 3
- NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for September
- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 3

Wentz won't have any chances to win more awards this weekend as the Eagles are on their bye. They'll play again on Oct. 9 in Detroit.

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Ryan Howard is batting fifth to begin his final series with the Phillies.

The 36-year-old first baseman, who has donned red pinstripes for 13 seasons, did not play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, but he is expected to start all three games against the Mets this weekend.

The Phillies have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup, even with Roman Quinn likely done for the season. Cesar Hernandez leads off with Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera right behind him. The trio lead the Phillies in steals with a total of 59 this year. Herrera has 25 while Hernandez and Galvis each have 17.

If you're wondering, Howard has not stolen a base this season, but he was caught stealing once. He hasn't stolen a base since June 26, 2011, before his Achilles injury. He only stole more than one base in a season in 2008, when he swiped eight bases.

Cameron Rupp returns to the lineup at catcher. He'll bat right behind Howard, followed by Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr in the corner outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Alec Asher, P

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Robert Gsellman, RHP