In a match delayed 20 minutes for lightning, the Union went into the half level but conceded early in the second half, dropping the match to host Montreal 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Michael Salazar and Blerim Dzemaili scored for the Impact. Fafa Picault provided the lone tally for the Union, his fifth of the year.
Union first XI: McCarthy; Wijnaldum, Onyewu, Elliot, Gaddis; Medunjanin, Creavalle (Najem 79′); Picault (Simpson 67′), Alberg, Ilsinho (Epps 57′); Sapong
Impact first XI: Bush; Duvall, Ciman, Fisher, Lovitz; Bernardello, Beland-Goyette (Donadel 74′); Salazar (Oduro 64′), Dzemaili, Tabla (Choiniere 76′); Mancosu
The match featured a twenty minute delay before its start due to lightning strikes in the Montreal area.
When the match started, it didn’t take the Impact long to provide a strike of their own. Salazar put a cross by Chris Duvall past Union keeper John McCarthy with an angled header in the 19th minute to stake Montreal out to a 1-0 advantage.
Fafa Picault deposited a bit of Canadian hospitality into the Montreal net in the 43rd minute when Duvall’s back pass lacked the proper weight to reach Impact keeper Evan Bush, letting Picault run onto it and put it in the net to level the match just before half.
The Union were hardly at full strength for this midweek fixture, missing keeper Andre Blake and winger Chris Pontius to national team duty and Alejandro Bedoya to paternity leave. Still, they generated chances for Picault and later substitute Jay Simpson, but they were unable to finish.
Montreal wasn’t at full strength either as they were missing Ignacio Piatti with an adductor injury, but new addition Dzemaili made up for the loss by scoring his fourth goal in just eight MLS matches since arriving from Serie A Bologna in May. Dzemaili put home the game-winner in the 51st minute.
In a season where it’s hard to say the Union should have any match and increasingly need every match, they had the chances necessary to walk away with a result and simply couldn’t capitalize. They’ll hope to do better in Columbus this weekend before coming home to face Columbus again.