Both in the city of Philadelphia and in the United States, everyone knows what is happening to the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. The Phils are currently in a World Series battle with the Houston Astros for the grand prize in all of baseball, while the Birds are starting off 7-0 and are the only undefeated team in the National Football League (NFL).
The Phillies and Eagles are certainly the teams in town grabbing the most attention, and rightly so, but the other three professional sports franchises in the City of Brotherly Love are all in action as well. The Union in Major League Soccer (MLS), the Flyers in the National Hockey League (NHL), and the 76ers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) all play significant games, so it’s worth taking a look at what each one is Franchise currently doing the shadows of the Phils and Birds.
Union (MLS): In perhaps the most significant under-the-radar sports story happening in Quaker City right now, the Philadelphia Union is in the middle of a playoff run in which they won their first conference championship in the franchise’s 13 seasons. They defeated FC Cincinnati 1-0 in the Conference Semifinals and defeated New York City FC (NYCFC) 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals. In the latter game, Union trailed NYCFC 1-0 by the 65th minute before scoring three goals in 11 minutes, each goal sending the Sons of Ben into a crazier frenzy than the last. The Union will play Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) in the MLS Cup finals in the City of Angels on November 5.
Flyers (NHL): The Flyers got off to a better start than most expected from the team that finished second in the Eastern Conference last season. As of October 31, the Flyers are 5-2-1 and third in the Metropolitan Division. The Broad Street Bullies have benefited from the stellar goalkeeping performance of Carter Hart, who has a .938 save percentage and just 2.31 goals against average. He’s bailed out of a previously stagnant offense. The unit ranks 24th in the NHL with 3 goals per game. There’s still a long way to go, but thanks to the quality of goalies and defense, the Flyers are performing above expectations so far.
76ers (NBA): The 76ers are the most overwhelming sports team in Philadelphia right now. At the end of October, the Sixers are 3-4 and ninth in the Eastern Conference. Offensively, the Sixers have 109.3 points per game, ranking 24th in the NBA. Star center Joel Embiid leads the Sixers averaging 27.2 points per game, while guards Tyrese Maxey and James Harden average 22.6 and 21.6, respectively. The Sixers play well on defense. They have a 112.9 defensive rating, up from their 110.2 defensive rating last season. Like the Flyers, the Sixers have plenty of time to iron things out, but they need to improve offensively as they move forward.