Match Recap: Philadelphia Union 2, Montreal Impact 2

Under rainy skies at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Union and the Montreal Impact played to a 2-2 draw.

In a wild match between the Philadelphia Union (5-10-4) and the Montreal Impact (5-6-3), goals and fouls were at an all time high. Eric Ayuk opened the scoring for Philadelphia in the eighth minute with an absolute screamer right inside the 18 yard box.

While Philadelphia looked to have control over the match, Ignacio Piatti responded with a well placed goal in the bottom corner of the net to equalize the game for Montreal. The first half was not only filled with two great goals, but three yellow cards: two for Montreal and one for Philadelphia.

The second half was just as wild as the first. Jack McInerney, a former Philadelphia Union player who was traded last season to Montreal in exchange for Andrew Wenger, silenced the home crowd with the go ahead goal in the 70th minute assisted by Andres Romero. While it looked like the Impact would be heading back home with three points from their American road-trip, Union captain Maurice Edu equalized the game in the 76th minute with an unassisted goal. The match was a chippy one and the game ended 10 vs. 10. after Montreal’s Patrice Bernier got his second booking of the night in the 67th minute and was sent off while Philadelphia’s Eric Ayuk got both a goal and a second yellow to end his night on a sour note. 

Photo via Philadelphia Union
Photo via Philadelphia Union

The biggest storyline coming into the game was the comparison between Andrew Wenger and Jack McInerney. Both players came off of the bench to face their former clubs. McInerney, who has had a rather tough time with Montreal, having scored only three goals in 13 games, definitely proved his worth snagging a goal and an assist while playing only 30 minutes. Wenger played as many minutes as McInerney but did not even record a shot during the match. While it is not fair to compare both players by judging only a small portion of the match, Jack McInerney was by far more pumped to play his former club. They’re going to take the game to us, being at home, so if they’re throwing guys forward, we can sit back and get two or three goals on the counter.”

Although the weather played a significant role in the match, Philadelphia will definitely feel as if they dropped two points at home. With many east coast teams playing rivalry matches this weekend, three points could have placed them securely over the playoff line. The Union will host D.C. United for an Open Cup match on Tuesday at 7:30pm for their third game in a week while the Impact will get some time off to rest and face New York City FC at home next Saturday.

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