Yaro gets the nod
Oguchi Onyewu missed the match against Montreal, as he is day-to-day with a groin injury. Filling in at centerback in his absence was Josh Yaro, making his second start and fourth appearance in 2017. Yaro played the full 90 minutes, and at multiple times in the match made smart plays, taking away scoring chances for Montreal in one-on-one situations. Yaro finished the night with 89 percent passing with eight recoveries, six clearances and two interceptions.
The Union backline was active in the offense against Montreal, especially the outside backs in Ray Gaddis and Giliano Wijnaldum. Both pushed up the field, creating offense through passing and even shooting. Gaddis took a long range shot in the first half, while Wijnaldum had one of the best Union scoring chances when he rocketed a shot off the post in the 66th minute. Gaddis finished with 84 percent passing, while Wijnaldum finished with 71 percent.
Hitting the Road
The Union now have four of their next five matches on the road. The team travels to San Jose and Toronto before a quick home match against Atlanta, followed by matches at Minnesota and New York Red Bulls. It's a difficult stretch for the Union, one that was compounded by the result against Montreal.
"On the night overall we weren't good enough," Head Coach Jim Curtin said. "It was a big game, and now we have to chase and we no longer really control our destiny. We're going to have to do some things on the road we haven't done this year. Are we capable of that? Yes. But did we make it more difficult on ourselves? Absolutely."