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Philadelphia Union vs. Montréal Impact - Pregame

Can the Impact get two wins in a row for the 1st time this season?

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Montreal Impact
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Winless Union aims to win their first MLS home game since August 27th of last year, while the Impact hopes to build off their first win of 2017.

This will be the 14th meeting between the two Eastern Conference clubs, with Montréal leading the all-time series with 5 wins, 5 ties, and 3 losses dating back to their inaugural MLS season back in 2012.

Although the Impact is yet to win at Talen Energy Stadium, this Union team has been far from spectacular as of late. Philadelphia is the only team to remain winless throughout the first 7 weeks of the season, and one more winless home game will put them on the wrong side of history. Not picking up the maximum points against the Impact on Saturday afternoon will result in their 7th winless home game in a row, tying the franchise record.

The Union has played in a rather easy to read 4-2-3-1 formation in every game so far this year. It’s been static, to say the least, as they’ve had one multi-goal game all season (2-2 vs. TFC). If this is the formation they use against Montréal, it should be a field day for Ciman and Co.

For the Impact to get their first ever win in Philadelphia, they’ll have to pressurize a vulnerable Union side. In MLS, you see away teams settle for draws, but in this case, they really shouldn’t. The key for this is to start both Tabla and Piatti so that they can attack a Philadelphia defense that’s yet to earn a clean sheet at home in 2017.

Predicted lineups

Union

Andre Blake — Keegan Rosenberry, Jack Elliott, Richie Marquez, Fabinho — Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya — Ilsinho, Roland Alberg, Chris Pontius — C.J. Sapong

Impact

Evan Bush — Chris Duvall, Hassoun Camara, Laurent Ciman, Ambroise Oyongo— Marco Donadel, Hernan Bernardello — Dominic Oduro, Patrice Bernier, Ignacio Piatti — Matteo Mancosu