Match Preview: Union versus Montreal Impact, Saturday August 8th, 8 PM

The mercurial Union look to more home cooking to continue their playoff push against the Impact.

The Union take on the Montreal Impact on Saturday in Chester in a match that could have serious playoff implications. The hour is growing short for both teams to make a run; the Union sit in eighth in the East, three points out of a playoff spot, while the Impact sit in ninth and five points out. A win by either team would assist their playoff hopes tremendously.

The Union are coming off of a 3-1 win against one of the best sides in the West in FC Dallas. The Impact won 2-1 at home in their last match against Orlando City, who sits in seventh in the East.

It’s been said that home field in MLS is one of the strongest home field advantages in professional soccer, and the Union have certainly reflected that this year. All but six of the Union’s twenty-nine points have come from results by the Delaware River, which makes this match even more important if they’re to make a run. The boys in blue play six out of their last ten matches on the road.

The U will have to contend with the likes of Ignacio Piatti and a very talented Montreal attack if they hope to come out of this with three points. The boys in blue have been good on defense and they’ll have to keep it up if they have any prayer for the post-season; the team simply doesn’t have the kind of star power on the offensive side of the ball to make up for a lackluster match by the back four. For the Union to win, all cylinders have to be firing. That’s not bashing them, that’s just the truth of it, and Jim Curtin has said as much.

Can the U carry it off on a night when the Sons of Ben and Union faithful remember former SoB president Kenny Hanson? I say yes.

Union 2, Impact 1