The Impact come to town to finish a season series that’s seen them take four out of six possible points.
The Union sit in fourth in the East at 40 points; a win would put them in a prime position to host a playoff game. Montreal sits in fifth on 37 points, just three points above the red line. The Union are coming off of an embarrassing 3-0 loss to the lowly Fire in Bridgeview, while the Impact are on shorter rest and got crushed 4-1 by Orlando City on Wednesday. A win would go a long way towards righting the ship for each team.
The boys in blue will be reinforced by Andre Blake and Alejandro Bedoya returning from national team duty. Josh Yaro is back with the team now as well following the death of his mother. Mo Edu played in Bethlehem for the Steel in a rehab assignment, but according to coach Jim Curtin, Saturday is too soon to see him back.
The two teams have met twice this year. The first match was a 1-1 draw in Montreal on May 14th which saw Didier Drogba score in the third minute on an unstoppable finish past Blake. The Union countered in the 24th minute with CJ Sapong finishing a counter attack. The second meeting was a 5-1 stomping by Montreal, again in Stade Saputo. Drogba had a hat trick, while Chris Pontius scored the lone goal for the Union.
It’s not possible to state how important it is for the Union to get points from this match. Their remaining schedule reads like a horror story: at Portland, at Toronto, at RBNY, vs Orlando City, vs RBNY. They need to seal a playoff berth up before those last couple matches if possible, for all our sakes; watching a young team playing for their playoff lives on the last day of the season is not for the faint of heart.
Potential first XI for the Union: Blake; Fabinho, Marquez, Yaro, Rosenberry; Creavalle, Bedoya; Pontius, Barnetta, Herbers; Sapong
Prediction: With both teams having much to play for, the home side gets the better of the match and takes all three precious points. Union 2, Impact 1