Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union | 2017 MLS Match Preview

Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union
2017 MLS Regular Season
Stade Saputo – Montreal, Quebec
Wednesday, July 19 – 7:30 pm ET

Both the Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact could really use three points out of this one. Only one can take that prize, though, and a split would not do much for either side as both try to climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

The Union sit eighth in the East, five points back of sixth-place Columbus, going into Wednesday’s match at Stade Saputo. The Impact are ninth, two points back of Philadelphia but with a game in hand.

And with both sides dealing with key international absences as a result of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, this will once again be a test of depth.

Montreal Impact

Is the glass half full or half empty? The Impact have lost only twice in their last seven games, after all. Then again, they’ve won just one of their last five – and that against D.C. United, the East’s bottom team. Throw in a 3-2 aggregate loss to Toronto in the Canadian Championship finals last month, and that’s a rough early summer.

Montreal clearly miss injured playmaker Ignacio Piatti, who continues to sit with a groin injury, and midfielder Patrice Bernier, on Gold Cup duty with Canada’s suddenly-resurgent national team. Without those two in the middle of the park, the Impact are far less dangerous in both directions.

And if the Union get after them early – as Houston did two weeks ago in a 3-1 Dynamo victory before the Gold Cup break – Montreal could find themselves nearer to the brink of a lost season.

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: D Daniel Lovitz, M Ballou Tabla, M Hernan Bernardello
  • International Duty: M Patrice Bernier (Canada), GK Maxime Crepeau (Canada), F Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Canada)
  • Injury Report: OUT – D Ambroise Oyongo (right knee surgery), M Ignacio Piatti (groin injury), D Victor Cabrera (undisclosed injury); D Daniel Lovitz (knee injury), M…

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