Reasons to Watch: Union vs. Montreal Impact

The Union kick off their double game week with a match north of the border, facing Montreal Impact Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can tune into the match on The Comcast Network, and here are just a few reasons why fans should watch the match. 

Stepping Up

With the Gold Cup entering the knockout stage, each team will still be without some key players. For the Union, Chris Pontius and Andre Blake continue in the tournament with their respective national teams. For Montreal, the Impact are will be without Patrice Bernier, Maxime Crépeau and Anthony Jackson-Hamel, who notched a brace the last time the two teams played. Both teams will require players to step up in their absences. For the Union, the key will be John McCarthy, and if he plays as he did against Sporting Kansas City, the team will be in a very good position to grab some points on the road. 

Continue run of form

The Union head into the match against Montreal riding a three-game unbeaten streak, the team's second such streak this season. Heading into the match, the Union are outscoring opponents 5-1 in MLS games. Meanwhile, Montreal has lost three of its last four MLS matches, getting outscored 9-3. However, Montreal hasn't lost at home since May 13. Something is bound to break when the Union travels to Saputo Stadium, but the Union are prepared to grab points against their Canadian opponent.

Playoff Implications

It's starting to get to that time of the season where every game starts to affect the playoff picture, and this match between the Union and Montreal are for some big three points. The Union are eighth in the East, with Montreal sitting just behind them at ninth. Only two points separate the clubs from each other. A draw between the two wouldn't really move the needle for either team, but if the Union can grab three points on the road, it would set the team up well for a home and home series against Columbus Crew SC. 

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