It would not be an exaggeration to say that from here on in, just about every match – especially ones at home – is a must win for the Philadelphia Union (0-4-2, 2 Pts, Last Place Eastern Conference) as they host the Montreal Impact (1-2-3, 6 Pts, 10th in Eastern Conference).
The Union are 3-3-5 all time against the Impact, drawing 3 of the last 5 meetings including their last match, a 1-1 draw at Talen Energy Stadium, September 10, 2016. Montreal has yet to get a W in 6 trips to Chester w/ four draws. This will be the first of three matches against Montreal this regular season.
Last Time Out:
The Union are coming off another disappointing home loss to NYFC 2-Nil on 4/14/17, and have not won an MLS game since last August. Montreal on the other hand snapped a seven-game regular season winless streak, beating Atlanta United FC last Saturday, 2-1.
Montreal Impact Player to Watch: Ignacio Piatti
MF Piatti, after missing two weeks with a hip/groin injury, returned last week against Atlanta United. He scored his second goal of the season on a PK, tying Matteo Mancosu (who scored in the 88th minute of the draw last September) for the team lead. He showed no signs of the injury hampering him, and should be one of Montreal’s players to keep well marked.
Probable Starting XI:
Much like last week it would be tough to guess this week’s lineup, as the team gets more and more desperate to get at least a result at home, to keep the Sons of Boo – er – Ben off Jim Curtin‘s back.
One player that will definitely start, who must pick up his game, is GK Andre Blake. He has not looked like the All-Star, Jamaican National style goalie we have been used to seeing the last few seasons. Yes the defense has often let him down, but he has had his share of bad starts of play, and that goal he gave up late last week was inexcusable. If they are going to get any kind of momentum going, this Impact team would be the one to do it against. On the road this season, they have yet to win a match, going 0-2-2. They also have not had a clean sheet this season, and going back to the end of October last season. This Union team may still have trouble scoring, but I think we will see more consistent #SavesByDre to make the final: