The Union face Montreal on Saturday night in a contest of two teams who are looking to rebound from harsh losses.
The U are coming off of a grueling 120 minute loss on penalties in the Open Cup to the Revs on Wednesday. The boys in blue will have to battle fatigue and try to correct mistakes to gain a result. Chief among the items to be corrected are defending on quick restarts; the Revs used them to great effect, including using one to set up their only goal from the run of play. Je-Vaughn Watson was left wide open in the box as members of the Union completely lost him for what was an easy finish past an exposed Andre Blake. Montreal meanwhile is coming off a 3-1 beating from NYCFC at home.
Both clubs have playoff aspirations this year. The Union are in second place in the East on 30 points with 20 games played. The Impact are in fourth on 26 points with 19 games played. Every division game is important with a possible six point swing in the offing, so the Union would do well to at least grab a point north of the border.
Of some concern is the play of Ken Tribbett, who has seemed off the last few fixtures. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Joshua Yaro replace him if he’s fit. Someone who definitely won’t be appearing is Ilsinho, who is on a one-game ban for his sending off against the Red Bulls.
Possible first XI: Blake; Fabinho, Marquez, Yaro, Rosenberry; Carroll, Barnetta; Pontius, Alberg, Le Toux; Sapong
Prediction: the U go into Montreal weary from the two-hour Open Cup match and can’t get a result as Montreal, eager to bounce back from the thrashing NYCFC gave them at home, is too much for them. Impact 2, Union 0.