Philadelphia Union fell to Eastern Conference foe Montreal Impact 3-0 in front of a crowd of 15,297 at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday night. The Union will be back in action next Saturday when they head for the west coast to take on San Jose Earthquakes in California.
Philadelphia had their first chance of the night extremely early in the contest, as striker CJ Sapong used his physicality to send a shot on frame while fighting off Montreal defenders. Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush stood tall to deny the chance and keep the match scoreless in the fifth minute of play.
Moments later, the Impact had a chance that forced Union goalkeeper John McCarthy to make an alert save. It was Montreal’s playmaker Ignacio Piatti creating the havoc sending a shot towards the net, but McCarthy blocked the shot attempt and defender Jack Elliott cleared any remaining threat.
The Union fought tooth and nail with Montreal during the first 45 minutes, but the score remained scoreless after the first 45. In the 55th minute, Fafa Picault had an identical opportunity as Sapong. After shrugging off Montreal defenders, Picault fired a rocket but Bush again was able to fend off the attempt.
McCarthy again came up big for the Union in the 63rd minute, as Montreal had an odd man rush, but the shot was stopped immediately with no rebound for Montreal to pounce on. Minutes later the Boys in Blue created their best chance of the night.
Haris Medunjanin got the action going with a run near the keeper and then sent a ball towards the middle of the box that created pandemonium. After a deflection from Picault, Sapong was able to muscle a pass towards left back Gilliano Wijnaldum who sent a shot that rang off the post and was ultimately ruled a goal kick for the Impact.
Montreal drew first blood in the 69th minute, after a pass into the box from the near side was deflected off the Union defense and the ball landed at the feet of Blerim Dzemaili at the top of the box who sent a one-timer that found the back of the net to give the Impact a 1-0 lead.
The Impact earned their final two goals in stoppage time. In the 90th minute McCarthy got a piece of Blerim Dzemaili in the box, who immediately dropped to the ground, leaving the official no choice but to award a penalty to Montreal.
Ignacio Piatti delivered home the penalty in the 91st minute to give Montreal the 2-0 lead. Dzemaili, the Swiss international, recorded his second goal of the night in the 95th minute after a feed from Piatti and the final whistle blew with the Union falling to Montreal 3-0.
Philadelphia will be back in action on Saturday Aug. 19th when they take on San Jose Earthquakes. Kick-off is slated for 10:30 ET due to the match being played on the west coast and will be televised on The Comcast Network.