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Preview | Union head to Montreal for road debut

Philadelphia Union hits the road for the first time in 2022 as they head north for a showdown with CF Montreal on Saturday afternoon. Kick off from Stade Olympique is set for 4 p.m. ET with fans able to catch the match on PHL17 and for fans within the Philadelphia DMA.

The Union enter the weekend after earning their first point of the new campaign via a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United FC last Saturday. After the Loons opened the scoring in the first half, Cory Burke smashed home a cross from Jakob Glesnes in the 35th minute. After the club debut by forward Julian Carranza, Mikael Uhre has been training with the Boys in Blue all week and could make his own debut when the club takes on Montreal.

Last season the two sides couldn't be separated on the pitch with a pair of dramatic comeback draws by the home team in 2021. In the first showdown that took place at Subaru Park in August, Montreal led in the waning minutes of the contest before homegrown Quinn Sullivan rocketed home a right-footed finish in the 87th minute to send the home fans into frenzy. Two months later it was Montreal's turn for late drama to offset a 77th minute goal from defender Kai Wagner courtesy of a last-second goal Sunusi Ibrahim in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Saturday's match will be the 25th regular season matchup between the two sides with Montreal leading the series by a 9-7-8 margin. The Union are unbeaten in their last four contests against the Canadian side nine goals scored during that period.

While the MLS campaign has just started, the match on Saturday will be CF Montreal's fourth official match after a home-and-home series against Santos Laguna in Concacaf Champions League play. Wilfried Nancy's side bounced back from a 1-0 road loss on Feb. 15 with a resounding 3-0 win at home behind strong performances from Romell Quioto and Djordje Mihailovic as the duo each had a goal and assist in the win. In the league opener, things got off to a bumpy start for the Canadian side as Orlando City notched a 2-0 win. The loss wasn't the only concern as Quioto was sent off in the 66th minute and will miss Saturday's matchup.