Story Stream — Matchday 19: Montréal Versus Union

UnionFanTV has you covered with live updates, stats and more from tonight’s six-pointer against Montréal at Stade Saputo. As always, we are happy to have you along with us, for this massive match being played north of the border. 

5:00 PM — 

Just getting out of work? Be sure to read up on injuries, Montréal, as well as your Philadelphia Union before tonight’s contest.

There are several players out for the Philadelphia Union tonight due to injuries (and Daddy Duties). Manager Jim Curtin will look toward his bench for several guys to step up and fill the void.

Injury Report: Curtin Midweek Presser — 18 July, 2017

For those of you unfamiliar with the home side, below you’ll find a comprehensive preview of what the Union will be up against later this evening, including a potential look into how Curtin’s team might shape up at Stade Saputo.

Preview: U in Preview — Matchday 19: Montreal Versus Union 

If you’ve been living under a rock for the first half of the season (don’t worry, things are looking better now), here’s an updated look at Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference table:

Playoff Picture: Eastern Conference  

6:30 —

Tonight’s Starting XI has been announced. Check it out here.

UPDATE:

After Ilsinho reportedly told Jim Curtin that he would under no circumstances play both RM and CAM, the Union released a second XI, which the Brazilian was apparently much more content with. Here’s that one.

A gaffe from the Union’s Social Media personnel. Or was it? Double-dipping certainly isn’t out of the question, especially with the Union missing several players tonight due to injury.

XI

No changes to the backline, but did anyone really expect there to be? It’s a back four that has proven to be one of the most formidable defenses in Major League Soccer.

Ilsinho slides to the right, making way for Roland Alberg at the 10 spot. Warren Creavalle    slots in where Alejandro Bedoya, Derrick Jones usually line up. Bedoya is taking time away with family, after the birth of his daughter yesterday. Jones has a concussion.

Johnny Mac is back between the sticks tonight, following a stellar performance in Kansas City.

7:30 —

BREAKING:

Tonight’s match has been delayed 10 minutes because of inclement weather. Stay tuned for more.

7:55 —

Here we go. 

And the Union are (finally) underway from Stade Saputo!

16′ : 

Union counter hard, but Alberg is unable to get on the end of Fafa Picault’s cross

19′ : 

Montréal strike first. 1-0. 

It’s Michael Salazar who puts a header past a sprawling John McCarthy. Giliano Wijnaldum gave Montréal’s right back, Chris DuVall, a good chunk of time (and space). DuVall put it on a platter for Salazar.

29′ : 

Alberg goes into the book. 

Alberg is shown yellow for a poor tackle from behind. To be fair, the Dutchman did get some of the ball, but it was his follow through that warranted a booking.

 32′ : 

Louis Beland-Goyette of Montréal joins Alberg in the book. 

Objectively speaking, Montréal’s midfielder made absolutely no attempt to win the ball. Easy decision for the referee.

Salazar’s shot sails over the bar.

Another good look from the Belizean attacker for Montréal.

43′ : 

Union, Picault gifted a goal. DOOP.

Wow. Shocking stuff from DuVall, who blindly passed it backward. Picault intercepted it and calmly slotted it home to level the score. 1-1 in Montréal.

8:40 —

Halftime from Stade Saputo. 

It’s a new ballgame, folks. Thanks to a careless giveaway from Montréal’s right back, Chris DuVall. He’s an ex-Red Bull, just saying.

8:55 —

Back for the second half. Thanks for joining. 

50′ : 

A very big save from McCarthy on Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla keeps the score level. 

McCarthy came out hesitantly, then fearlessly.

51′ : 

Montréal break the deadlock. It’s the Swiss man, Blerim Dzemaili. 2-1 to the home side. 

Dzemaili was allowed to waltz into the box and smash one home past Johnny Mac. 

57′ :

SUBSTITUTION:

Marcus Epps comes on for Ilsinho.

59′ :

Elliot has a go!

Fair play to the 6″5′ Englishman.

64′ :

SUBSTITUTION:

Speedy winger, Domonic Oduro comes on for Montréal. He replaces one of the goal scorers, Salazar.

66′ : 

Picault is down.

It looks like a hamstring injury. Jay Simpson comes on for the winger.

69′ :

Simpson nearly puts one by Evan Bush.  

An elegant turn and run by the Englishman ends with no cigar. Still 2-1 Montréal.

73′ :

SUBSTITUTION:

Beland-Goyette makes way for Marco Donadell

75′ :

SUBSTITUTION: 

Montréal’s Tabla comes on, Montréal’s Homegrown player, David Choinière, comes on.

Elliot gets booked for a late challenge. 

76′ :

No one gets on the end of Wijnaldum’s beautifully first-timed cross

He fooled everyone with that one, including his teammates.

SUBSTITUTION:

Creavalle off, Adam Najem on for the Union. That’s Curtin’s last sub.

85′ :

ALBERG!!!!

Scratch that, he’s ruled offside. Unlucky. What a hit that was.

90′ + 1 :

Simpson’s shot goes over the bar. 

He’s looked dangerous since coming on. Good effort, but not enough in the end.

90′ + 4 :

That’ll do it. 

Union’s unbeaten run ends at three matches. Losing this one could really end up hurting the Union later in the season.

Look out for our next U in Review, which will be posted shortly. 

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