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While there might not be a live stream of tonight's exhibition, we've got you covered on Be sure to follow along as we update you with what's happening in the Union's preseason scrimmage against CF Montreal. Updates for the contest will begin shortly before the 6:15 p.m. ET kick off from Fort Myers.

Philadelphia Union enter their second preseason match of the season after a 1-1 draw against FC Cincinnati last Thursday. Julian Carranza needed just two minutes to net his first goal for the Boys in Blue, making a far post run to finish off a cross from Sergio Santos.

8:32 p.m. ET: And that's a final! Union defeat CF Montreal 2-1 with goals from Cory Burke and Paxten Aaronson.

8:29 p.m. ET: GOAL!!! Paxten Aaronson buries a long distance shot into the bottom corner to put the Union ahead 2-1 with just two minutes left!

8:26 p.m. ET: Montreal has a left-footed shot from outside the box crash off the post and out for a Union goal kick.

8:23 p.m. ET: Homegrowns in the midfield cutting down all the passing angles for Montreal and its leading to quick attacks for the Boys in Blue.

8:19 p.m. ET: Montreal get a breakaway and nearly take the lead but the offside flag is raised to keep the match knotted up at 1-1.

8:16 p.m. ET: Paxten Aaronson intercepts a pass in the midfield and rips a shot from 20 yards out but it goes over the bar.

8:14 p.m. ET: Union shown their third yellow card of the night as Union Academy forward Bajung Darboe goes into the book.

8:13 p.m. ET: Another change to the lineup for the Union as Academy forward Nelson Pierre comes on for Cory Burke.

8:10 p.m. ET: Montreal ties it up in the 99th minute with a lucky bounce off the left post that somehow goes in.

8:06 p.m. ET: Union dominating the opening minutes of the extra period with intense pressing to win back possession.

8:02 p.m. ET: Two changes for the Union as we kick off the extra half hour of play. Joe Bendik replaces Matt Freese in net while Anton Sorenson comes on for Nathan Harriel.

7:57 p.m. ET: After 90 minutes the Union lead Montreal, 1-0, thanks to a goal from Cory Burke. Both sides have elected to play an additional 30 minutes so we're getting bonus soccer!

7:53 p.m. ET: Homegrown Quinn Sullivan issued a yellow card in the 86th minute of play.

7:45 p.m. ET: Squad is hungry for another goal as Jack McGlynn nearly doubles the Union's advantage with a rocket from the 18 but just misses.

7:42 p.m. ET: GOAL!!! Quinn Sullivan with a shot from the edge of the box that crashes off the keeper. Cory Burke pounces on the rebound to put the Union ahead in the 75th minute.

7:39 p.m. ET: Free kick for Montreal but Matt Freese has no problem in the rainy conditions and swipes it out of the air.

7:35 p.m. ET: Harriel has a go from long range after Darboe's shot is blocked, the homegrown right back goes for the upper 90 but is wide.

7:31 p.m. ET: First yellow card of the match is shown to the Union's Matt Real.

7:30 p.m. ET: Union make some wholesale changes in the 60th minute. Lineup is now Matt Freese; Matt Real, Cole Turner, Brandan Craig, Nathan Harriel; Jesus Bueno, Jack McGlynn, Quinn Sullivan, Paxten Aaronson; Cory Burke, Bajung Darboe.

7:25 p.m. ET: Pinpoint switch from Wagner as he hits Bedoya on a dime. The captain races into the attack but is taken down to set up a free kick from 40 yards out. Glesnes has a go on goal but its over the bar.

7:23 p.m. ET: Burke gets space in the penalty area but sees his shot blocked to set up a corner. Gazdag with the corner kick service and he connects with Jakob Glesnes but the header is just over the bar.

7:18 p.m. ET: Union backline in rhythm and draw an offside on Montreal.

7:12 p.m. ET: No changes to the lineup for the Boys in Blue as Julian Carranza kicks things off in the second half.

7:04 p.m. ET: That'll do it for the first half as the referee calls for the break. Union dominate possession and chances but it's still scoreless after 45 minutes.

7:02 p.m. ET: Wagner with a big defensive stop but it sets up a Montreal corner. Ensuing play is stopped for a foul.

6:58 p.m. ET: Union bring the outside backs into the attack for strong crosses from both Kai Wagner and Nathan Harriel but unable to find a crack in the Montreal defense.

6:55 p.m. ET: First change of the night comes in the 38th minute as Cory Burke replaces Sergio Santos atop the Union lineup.

6:50 p.m. ET: The physicality between these two Eastern Conference rivals is starting to show now as both look to take control of the midfield. Union defense staying compact to limit any chances from the Canadian attack.

6:43 p.m. ET: Union earn a dangerous free kick chance. Kai Wagner lines up from 35 yards out as the squad comes up into the box. Wagner sends it over the defense toward the far post but the Boys in Blue cannot get on the end of it.

6:37 p.m. ET: Just past the 20th minute mark and Wagner's corner connects with Flach but the opposition quickly recovers and clears it away.

6:35 p.m. ET: Flach showing off on both ends of the field. Big tackle and the sparks the counter attack. Feeds Santos in the box but his shot is deflected wide for a corner.

6:30 p.m. ET: Gazdag and Santos having a good showing of chemistry as they look to combine on the counter. Rain again intensifies.

6:25 p.m. ET: Union's press really giving Montreal issues as the Canadian side looks to build from the back. Santos and Carranza getting the cues down early. Bedoya with a dangerous cross into the box. Unable to connect but he does earn the first corner of the match.

6:20 p.m. ET: First shot of the night goes the way of the Union with Gazdag's blast from the top of the 18 blocked by a defender.

6:17 p.m. ET: Referee hands the ball to Montreal in the center circle and we are underway as the rain eases off.

6:15 p.m. ET: Just two changes to the Starting XI are being made by Head Coach Jim Curtin from the preseason opener.
Starting XI for the Union: Andre Blake, Kai Wagner, Stuart Findlay, Jakob Glesnes, Nathan Harriel; Jose Martinez, Leon Flach, Alejandro Bedoya, Daniel Gazdag; Sergio Santos, Julian Carranza.

6:05 p.m. ET: Rain continuing to come down here in Florida. Head Coach Jim Curtin on the sidelines now with the group as they get ready to kick off in approximately 10 minutes.

5:50 p.m. ET- The Union have taken to the pitch for warmups. Boys in Blue will be wearing the BY U Kit just as we did against FC Cincinnati.

5:30 p.m. ET- Good evening Philadelphia Union fans, we are live in Fort Myers where its cool and rainy for tonight's exhibition.

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