MATCH PREVIEW: Union close out homestand against Montreal

Philadelphia Union return to action this Saturday when they host Montreal Impact at Talen Energy Stadium. This will be the third and final match of the club’s homestand. Kick-off for this match is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be televised on 6abc with JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth on the call. 

This will be the first of three meetings between these clubs in the 2017 season. Philadelphia will travel north of the border to Montreal on Wednesday, July 19. The Union will host the Impact for the third and final meeting on August 12. This will be the seventh meeting all-time between these two conference foes in Chester. The Union have never lost to Montreal at Talen Energy Stadium owning a 2-0-4 record.

Philadelphia currently sits in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 0-4-2. The Union dropped their last match 2-0 to New York City FC last Friday at Talen Energy Stadium. Roland Alberg made his first start of the season against NYCFC, while rookie Adam Najem made his MLS debut as a substitute.

A player to watch for Philadelphia is defender Jack Elliott. The rookie made his first career MLS start last week on primetime against NYCFC. Elliott made his MLS debut as a halftime sub against D.C. United on April 1 after coming on for an injured Richie Marquez. In his first 45, Elliott helped Philadelphia pitch a second half shutout. The West Virginia product was the first fourth round pick from the 2017 MLS SuperDraft to earn MLS action this year.

Montreal will also have to keep an eye on Philadelphia’s outside threat. In three matches last season against the Impact, Chris Pontius recorded a goal and an assist. Pontius has appeared in 191 matches in his career. With that number, Pontius is just one of 41 active players in MLS to have appeared in 191 matches or more.

Montreal Impact enters Saturday’s contest in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 1-2-3 on the season. For Montreal, Ignacio Piatti is tied with Matteo Mancosu for the club lead in goals scored with two each. The Impact have seen a major contribution from Patrice Bernier who leads all of MLS with four assists. For Philadelphia to come away with a victory they’ll have to rely on their backline and prevent Bernier from making plays on the pitch.