CF Montreal scored two goals over their first three games of the season and fell in all three — including a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union back in early March.

Then they scored three in a draw with Atlanta. And four in a wild 4-3 win over Cincy. In their past two games, the Canadian side settled in to a 2-1 groove, knocking off New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps to set up a sumptuous matchup with Philly this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET at Subaru Park.

Montreal is bringing the league’s longest winning streak to the home of the club with the top record in MLS, and both sides have reason to believe they will emerge victorious.

Philly is coming off a difficult loss to Toronto in which a dangerous tackle and offsides golazo made life difficult for Kai Wagner, the league’s best left back. TFC was the first side to largely control the Union’s breathless counterattacks, but they still needed two moments of individual brilliance in the box to beat Andre Blake.

There were, however, plenty of positives to take from the match. Mikael Uhre and Julian Carranza continue to build a partnership as dynamic and dangerous as any in MLS as Uhre hunts his first goal, and Wagner’s role in the offense grew to help prevent TFC from sending men forward as the match progressed.

The big worry for Jim Curtin’s side came from the nature of TFC’s goals — once the opponents got into the box, Philly was loathe to put a tackle in and paid a price. CF Montreal’s key playmaker, Djordje Mihailovic, has made a point of attacking the box on the dribble this year, and winger/wingback Lassi Lappalainen has a similarly mazy skillset.

Montreal’s other key tactic will be countering with speed after defensive stands. The Canadians have accumulated 25 clearances in each of their last two wins, and they break with three to four players following compact defensive moments. With Romell Quioto, Mihailovic, and Sunusi Ibrahim, the aim is to put a player in space with the ball and let them run downhill on an isolated defender.

Philly has two of the best centerbacks in MLS, so Montreal will try to pull Jack Elliott and Jakob Glesnes out of their comfort zones in transition.

One big battleground will come on set pieces. The Union are a talented dead ball team, but Montreal rolls with big bodies, including attacking header sensei Kei Kamara. Dominating both boxes in the air will give Curtin’s team the advantage they need to take all three points.

The Union and CF Montreal kick off at 3:00 p.m. ET live from Subaru Park on April 23. Get your tickets now.

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