Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: PPL Park, Chester, PA – Saturday, June 27th – 7:00pm EST
Broadcast: 6ABC (Philadelphia) -TVA Sports (Montreal) – MLS Live
In what will be their first meeting of the season, the Montreal Impact (5-6-2) will head to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia Union (5-10-3) Saturday at PPL Park.
Montreal suffered a 3-1 defeat this past Wednesday against their Canadian rivals, Toronto FC, while Philadelphia is coming off a much needed three points from a midweek clash with Seattle Sounders FC. The last meeting between the two teams resulted in a 2-1 win for the Union at home. Philadelphia has never lost to Montreal at PPL Park, winning two of their four home meetings with two draws.
Currently, both Philadelphia and Montreal sit below the playoff line in the eastern conference. The eastern conference right now is extremely compact and a win for either team could place them securely in a playoff spot. For Montreal, winning on the road has been a tough feat. In their last five away games, the Impact have secured only one win. While Philadelphia has had their share of troubles in the beginning of the season, they have won four games in the past seven and are eager to improve their overall record.
Two players to watch during this match are Montreal’s Jack McInerney and Philadelphia’s Andrew Wenger. The two players switched teams as a result of a trade early last season. Head to head, McInerney has had more success this season with 10 goals in 39 MLS appearances while Wenger has seen the field 46 times scoring only six goals. However, it is important to note that with the addition of forward CJ Sapong and head coach Jim Curtin’s 4-2-3-1 formation, Wenger has had to adjust to playing the wing.
Having both played midweek games, the freshness of the players will be a big factor. With Philadelphia’s history of never losing to Montreal at home and CJ Sapong’s scoring hot streak, Philadelphia is in a good position to pick up their sixth win this weekend in front of what most likely will be a sellout crowd.