Philadelphia Union defeated Eastern Conference foe Montreal Impact 5-0 in their second match of the Suncoast Invitational on Wednesday evening in Clearwater, Florida. The Union will wrap up the Invitational, as well as their preseason, this Saturday when they square off against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The Union controlled the entire first half with possession and poise. Philadelphia created pressure on Montreal, forcing a turnover, which led to a foul in the box on CJ Sapong. The Union were awarded a penalty, and in the 13thminute, Sapong calmly converted to give Philadelphia the 1-0 lead.
Montreal had their only threat of the first half in the 32nd minute after a scrum at the net, but goalkeeper John McCarthy gathered the traffic and cleared the box with ease. Moments later Matt Real subbed on for Fabinho and made an impact immediately.
In the 41st minute, Real outworked Montreal on the near side of the pitch and won possession of the ball deep into Impact territory. Real made a run towards the net and sent a ball into the box towards a streaking David Accam, who made instant contact with his right foot, beating the keeper to give Philadelphia the 2-0 lead after the first 45 minutes of play.
Four minutes into the second half, the Union struck yet again through Sapong. This time the play was set up by a beautiful flick from Mississippi native Marcus Epps, who found Sapong in the box who earned his brace, extending the Union lead to 3-0.
Philadelphia scored their fourth goal of the evening in the 54th minute. Union Homegrown product Auston Trusty joined the scoring party after a blistering header found the back of the net. Accam was able to place the ball perfectly for Trusty, recording the assist.
The night was capped off defensively in style after McCarthy made a double save in the 63rd minute to keep the shutout alive. Philadelphia scored their fifth and final goal of the night in the 77th minute. Again it was Epps setting up the play. This time Epps set-up his preseason roommate Jay Simpson, who slammed home the fifth goal of the night for the Union from point-blank range to close out the 5-0 victory.
The Union will be back in action this Saturday when they take on the host Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium.