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Union Failed to Win in Montreal

Montreal Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire

While Philadelphia hosted CONCACAF’s Gold Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday night, the Union faced Montreal impact in Canada in an MLS game with the absences of key players, mostly due to the Gold Cup.

Captain Alejandro Bedoya left to go play with the USMNT, along with midfielder Chris Pontius but left after 3 matches due to the birth of his new daughter while Pontius still continued to represent Philly and the U.S.A. Andre Blake is also out on international duty with Jamaica, which he captains.

With the captain absent, Haris Medunjanin has been wearing the captain’s armband for Philadelphia and he failed to help his team win since then. First, it was a tie in a friendly against Premier League Swansea City and now a loss to Montreal impact.

Defender Giliano Wijnaldum left too much space open for Montreal’s Chris Duvall, so he, Duvall, played the ball across to Michael Salazar who made a great header standing between both Jack Elliot and Oguchi Onyewu at the 19’. Just before halftime at the 43’, Duvall made a bad pass to his teammate and the ball landed at Fafa Picault’s foot. Picault then made a run towards the box while Montreal’s keeper, Evan Bush, ran out his box and Picault was able to take a hard shot and equalized the score.

Montreal was able to score the last goal of the night when their midfielder, Blerim Dzemaili, went 1v1 against Wijnaldum and cut the ball past him and then Elliot. Dzemaili then made a hard shot to the right corner of the net.

Cons of the match? Obviously, the team needs to work on their spacing because that has been a big issue of the night. Wijnaldum and Elliot let their guard down too much and that gave Montreal open spaces to score those goals.

Pros? Picault had a good night. He made himself a problem to the Impact defense in the midfield and scored a goal.

Pontius and Blake are still out due to international break because both USA and Jamaica advanced into the semifinals of the Gold Cup. It is a bittersweet feeling knowing that they are not here to help Union win because their country needs them just as much as the Union does.

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