The Union come into this one with a renewed outlook on the season, riding back-to-back MLS league wins, with a new head coach at the helm. The Impact ended their three-game losing skid last weekend when they came from behind to be the Columbus Clew in unquie fashion, 2-1.
Montreal is currently sitting in 8th place in the Eastern Conference (21pts from 20 games), while Philly is in 9th place (17pts from 16 games). On paper this is be a highly contested, even match-up.
QUICK LOOK NOTES HEADING IN THE MATCH:
• Montreal hasn’t won back-to-back games since April 28-May 5.
• “This can be a bit of a turning point for us, or a mark in the
season, a time when our backs were against the wall and we responded,”
Impact head coach Jesse Marsch said. “We absolutely responded.”
• Last weekend’s game VS the Crew marked the Impact’s first win after
conceding the opening goal.
• Impact DP, Marco Di Vaio, was credited with an assist in last
weekend’s game. It’s his first since coming to the MLS.
Since May 19 (when Marsch implemented the one striker/three midfielder
look) Patrice Bernier has scored four and five assists.
Montreal will be without Ferrari, Riva, Corradi and Wenger for this one, all due to injury. Collen Warner will be suspended for a game following
his next yellow card. This is the Impact’s first-ever meeting with the Union and the return match will be held on August 4.