Union create chances, but can't find finishing touch in road loss
The scoreboard read 2-0, but it was so much closer than that.
Had the Philadelphia Union been able to finish some scoring chances, the result could have been different. In the end, the Union fell 2-0 to the surging Montreal Impact Saturday night at Stade Saputo. It was Montreal’s fourth straight win at home.
The Union had won four of their last five matches but dropped their second in a row on the road.
“Our gameplan was to come out and drop the line a little bit and make sure we conserve a little bit of energy,” said interim manager John Hackworth. “We thought it was going to be a 90-plus minute game. And it was in a lot of ways. We got two great looks in the first half, but we didn’t finish one of them. The game is cruel sometimes like that. Full credit to Montreal – they are a very good team.
“I think tonight we saw two teams trying to play. In the second half, we were down a goal. We came out and tried to force it. We created a couple of really good chances, but we didn’t get it. There are a lot of things we can take from this game.”
Andrew Wenger headed in his fourth goal of the season in the 44th minute while Felipe scored a spectacular goal down the stretch when the clubs were playing 10 against 10.
In the 68th minute, Jack McInerney was ejected after coming in to protect Antoine Hoppenot. The rookie forward appeared to be head-butted by Rivas.
McInerney will be sidelined for the Union’s next game Aug. 12 against the Chicago Fire at PPL Park.
“Rivas made a foul and that was obvious that he was getting a red card,” Union captain and central defender Carlos Valdes said. “We made a mistake when we came to him and tried to create a big problem. I think we’ll have to learn all these things.”
The Union struggled finishing their chances, something which must change in the future if the team wants to remain in the playoff race. The players are keenly aware of that fact.
“We did create a couple chances to score some goals,” said midfielder Freddy Adu. “But, unfortunately, they didn’t end in the back of the net. We know that we have to finish our chances when we are on the road. At the end of the day, at least we created those chances coming to an environment like this.”