Philadelphia Union looks to extend its unbeaten streak as they host CF Montreal for Pride Night presented by Subaru on Saturday, June 3rd. Kick off from Subaru Park is set for 7:30PM and can be watched free on MLS Season Pass!
The Union are one of the hottest teams in the league but momentum can change in an instant as the club faces its third match in a week. Philly extended its unbeaten streak to eight on Wednesday night with a 1-0 victory over Charlotte FC as Kai Wagner connected with Daniel Gazdag in the second half which saw the ball deflect off the post and the opposition's keeper before going over the line. The win gives the Boys in Blue three-straight with the defense getting into midseason form with their fourth shutout of May. With three-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake in net, Blake claimed his MLS-best 21st home shutout since the start of the 2021 season. During that time the Jamaican has saved 83.6 percent of his shots faced at home while no other keeper has a home save percentage over 80%.
Subaru Park has been a fortress for the Union with their win being their 16th in the last 19 home MLS matches which includes the playoffs. During the stretch the Union have outscored their opponents by an astonishing 58-11 margin. They'll be looking for that again on Saturday as the crowd gives the extra bit of energy needed during a hectic stretch of games. Fortunately for the Union they have been in his position before as the 2023 season has seen the club play three games in a week already five times this season due to the various competitions.
Saturday's match will be the second and final time the Union and CF Montreal square off in the MLS regular season. The Union are looking for a little bit of revenge against the Canadian side as they dropped a 3-2 result back in March. Serving as Montreal's home opener for the season CF Montreal scored two goals in the final minutes of the match to secure three points after Julian Carranza was red carded with the Union up 2-1 in the 69th minute.
While Subaru Park has been a fortress for the Boys in Blue, it has also seen its fair share of draws in the all-time series when Philadelphia and Montreal square off. Since. they first met in 2012 there have been seven draws in Chester, PA., including each of the past two seasons.
After a slow start to the regular season, CF Montreal finds itself just one point back from the playoff line as the midway point of the regular season approaches with 19 points through 15 contests. They racked up a key road point during their midweek contest with goals in the 80th and 82nd minute to pull out a 2-2 draw at D.C. United. The game changed when Sunusi Ibrahim entered the contest with the 20-year-old forward scoring the first goal and then setting up Ariel Lassiter for the equalizer.