Philadelphia Union competed to a stellar 5-0 shutout over Montreal Impact in the team's second Suncoast Invitational match on Wednesday night. The Union showcased a complete performance by the group both defensively and with their attack. Goalkeeper John McCarthy defended the net fearlessly, making back-to-back saves and earning a clean sheet, while CJ Sapong supplied the fireworks offensively as he recorded a brace in the victory.
Scoring Goals Off Pressure
The Boys in Blue created pressure on Montreal throughout the course of the match. The team was able to add high pressure and force the Impact into turning over the ball deep into their own zone. The first goal of the night for Philadelphia was a direct effect of their defensive mentality. Sapong was able to take away possession from Montreal inside the 18 which immediately led to a foul in the box leaving the referee no choice but award the Union a penalty which ultimately led to a conversion by Sapong. Winger David Accam was also a driving force for Philadelphia in their press. The speedster forced pressure all night long and created chances for the club, which led to goals for the Union.
Trustying the Homegrowns
Philadelphia's Homegrowns put on quite the performance tonight, ensuring the group they have what it takes to be a part of the First Team. All five Homegrowns — Auston Trusty, Anthony Fontana, Derrick Jones, Mark McKenzie and Matt Real stepped up on the pitch in a big way. Fontana and Trusty both got the nod to start the match, while Real was subbed on for Fabinho. Trusty made quite an impression in the match on both sides of the ball. He was a catalyst for a backline that didn't allow a goal in the contest and also got in on the scoring action with a header of his own that found the back of the net, helping the club put an exclamation point on the game.