It was the kind of game we rarely have seen from the Philadelphia Union this season, a game when they fell behind early, but never recovered enough to ever make the 5-1 rout by the Montreal Impact, a contest. The defense especially was lacking in this match. It definitely seemed the 120 minutes most of these players played on Wednesday, had taken it’s toll.
Union Starting XI: 4-2-3-1
1 Andre Blake (GK), 28 Raymon Gaddis (DF), 16 Richie Marquez (DF), 15 Josh Yaro (DF), 12 Keegan Rosenberry (DF), 7 Brian Carroll (MF), 10 Tranquillo Barnetta (MF), 13 Chris Pontius (MF), 6Roland Alberg (MF), 9 Sebastien Le Toux (FW), 17 C.J. Sapong (FW),
Impact Starting XI:4-2-3-1
1 Evan Bush (GK), 2 Ambroise Oyongo (DF), 36 Víctor Cabrera (DF), 6 Hassoun Camara (DF), 25 Donny Toia (DF), 16 Calum Mallace (MF), 8 Patrice Bernier (MF), 14 Harry Shipp (MF), 10 Ignacio Piatti (MF), 19 Michael Salazar (MF), 11 Didier Drogba (FW)
Maybe it was fatigue, but the Union were totally out played by the Impact in the 1st half as Montreal GK Evan Bush only had to make one save on one shot. Meanwhile in the 19′ the Impact scored 1st on a nice combination play, Ignacio Piatti to Ambroise Oyongo to Didier Drogba who buried it for his 6th goal of the season. The U had a shot at clearing the last cross but Marquez could not get there. The match would start to get a bit chippy as in the 26′ 1st Yellow Card of the match went to the Impact’s Michael Salazar, then in the 27′ Barnetta got one as well, and it seemed like the Olympics had started early w/ all the diving going on. The Impact would increase their lead as way too lose play by Union defense led to a 2nd goal in the 42′. After a very good point blank save by Blake on Piatti, Drogba (7) got the early brace on the easy rebound with no Union defenders near the ball.
Half time stats showed that possession was only a 1.2% difference but that was very misleading as Montreal had 14 Shots, four on target while the U were a pitiful one and one. They did block six of the Impact shots.
The 2nd half did not start any better as in the 52′ from another feed by Piatti, Drogba, on a video game one on one, dribbled right through the Union “D” of Marquez and Gaddis, for the Natural Hat Trick.
The 57′ subs below gave the U a bit of a boost as they at least got a few more shots, though none really dangerous until the 72′ on a cross by sub Walter Restrepo, Ponitus headed it past Bush for their 1st goal. But it proved to be too little too late.
81′ Bush made his biggest save of the night on his own man Camara, trying to clear a Rosenberry cross which would have made it interesting @ 3-2. In the 87′ it became a moot point as Piatti blasted one past Blake to make it 4-1. He was visibly fuming at his invisible defense. The rout was cemented in the 90+1 as Matteo Mancosu netted his 1st MLS goal.
The Union made the 1st subs as Restrepo came on for Le Toux and Fabian Herbers for Alberg in the 57′. As the 1st Montreal sub in the 68′ Marco Donadel came on for Mallace who had earned a yellow in the 50′ The Final sub for the U saw Leo Fernandes come on for Sapong in the 78′ 79′ Matteo Mancosu for Drogba and 89′ Lucas Ontivero for Piattti finished off the subs for the Impact.
Hopefully the team can, cliche like, put this loss out of their minds, and after a much needed full week off, concentrate on beating a Western Conference team for the 1st time this season as Real Salt Lake (8-6-7, 31 pts, fourth place) comes to Chester Sunday July 31st.