MATCH PREVIEW: Union battle Montreal Impact in pivotal Eastern Conference matchup

Philadelphia Union will return to action this Saturday night when they take on Montreal Impact at Talen Energy Stadium. Philadelphia owns an impressive 7-1-0 record in their last eight matches at home. Kick-off is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet  with JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth on the call.

This will be the third and final regular season match of the season between these two Eastern Conference clubs in 2017. Philadelphia earned a 3-3 home draw against Montreal on April 22, but fell to the Impact north of the border on July 19. This match will prove to be critical for each team, as Montreal trails Philadelphia by two points in the standings.

Philadelphia enters the weekend in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 8-10-5 and 29 points. The Union are just three points shy of the sixth and final playoff spot, with a game in hand on sixth-seeded Columbus. Philadelphia is coming off a convincing 3-1 home victory over FC Dallas last week at Talen Energy Stadium. CJ Sapong recorded a brace and moved into second all-time in club history for goals scored in a season with 12.

The Union will look to continue to flex their muscles at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday night. Since May 1, Philadelphia owns a 7-1-0 record at home with 21 points. Their seven home wins and 21 home points is the most in MLS in that span along with Chicago Fire. Overall, the Union are 8-6-1 since May 1, owning the fourth best record in MLS during that stretch.

A win against Montreal this weekend, would tie a club record for home wins in a season with eight. The Union also earned eight home wins in their playoff campaign last season. Philadelphia has five more home matches to tie and break the home win record. 

Montreal Impact enter this weekend in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 7-8-6 and 27 points. Montreal has played three less matches than six-seeded Columbus Crew SC. Montreal is coming off a come-from-behind victory at home against Orlando City last week. Ignacio Piatti converted a penalty kick to tie the match and Anthony Jackson-Hamel recorded the game-winner off the bench in the 84th minute.

Philadelphia will need to keep an eye on Piatti this Saturday. The Argentinian playmaker has recorded nine goals this season, while tallying three assists for the Impact in 2017. Mauro Biello leads Montreal in the coaching box. Biello is in his second year as Impact first team head coach and director of player personnel after being appointed on November 11, 2015.

The Union will look to make history and defend their home turn this Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium.


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