Philadelphia Union continues its hectic October schedule with a trip north of the border for an Eastern Conference showdown at CF Montreal. Kick off from Stade Saputo is set for 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 16th. Fans won't want to miss a moment of the action with PHL17 and PhiladelphiaUnion.com showing the match.
Philadelphia Union comes into the match unbeaten in their last five matches and are just two points out from second place in the Eastern Conference following a gritty 2-1 win over FC Cincinnati last weekend. With six players missing due to FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and Kai Wagner out due to a red card suspension, the Union's young depth turned in a winning performance. Six Union Homegrowns gained experience in the contest with Nathan Harriel getting his first professional assist on a pass to fellow homegrown Paxten Aaronson early in the second half. Aaronson helped set up the opening goal for the Boys in Blue, with a hard run to the end line that deflected to Kacper Przybylko. The forward was calm on the ball and put home his team-leading 10th goal of the season to become the second player in franchise history to record multiple 10-goal seasons.
Saturday's matinee will be the second regular season clash between the two sides. The Union played to a 1-1 draw against CF Montreal back in August which extended the club's unbeaten streak to three straight matches against the Canadian side. A road result on Saturday would see the club tie their longest unbeaten form against Montreal with the other four-match span going from August 2014 to May 2016.
Wilfried Nancy's side has come alive since returning to Stade Saputo with the club sitting right at the Eastern Conference playoff line. CF Montréal has won five of its eight home matches since returning to Montreal in mid-July. Montreal managed just four wins and lost five in 12 games when it was playing its home matches in the United States. Leading offense for Montreal has been forward Rommel Quioto who is coming off his first career MLS brace in CF Montréal’s 2-1 win over Atlanta United last time out. Quioto has scored eight times in 2021 but left the match with an injury that also kept him out for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.