The Union tied CF Montreal in a match that was played in Chester, PA on Saturday, April 23. The Union was coming into the game looking for a bounce-back win after they lost last week to Toronto FC. That was the Union’s first loss in the 2022 season. Meanwhile, CF Montreal was looking to extend its winning streak to 3 games. This will be the 2nd time both teams are playing each other this year as they previously faced off earlier in Montreal.
The Union would strike first and early like they have done all year. In the 18th minute, Daniel Gazdag would lead a pass to Julian Carranza in the Montreal box. Carranza would collide with MTL’s defender Kamal Miller resulting in a penalty kick for the Union striker. Carranza’s successful PK would get the Union on the board early and lead the game 1-0.
Montreal would continue to test the Union defense after the Union scored their early goal. By the 30th minute, the MTL’s offense would finally test Union’s keeper Andre Blake forcing Blake to make a great save. Mikael Uhre would help the Union’s counterattack and stretch the field with the ball. But this will come up as a short chance as the MTL keeper was ready. To end out the half, MTL would continue their attack briefly testing Blake with very close shots but nothing would come from it.
The Union would go into halftime 1-0 winning the match.
By the 54th minute in the second half, Alejandro Bedoya received a yellow card for a nasty slide tackle that did not only take out MTL’s Ismael Kone, he took out teammate Jose Martinez. Both players would be fine though.
Montreal would continue their attack and score in the 58th minute. The goal was from Kei Kamara who would burst past Glesnes to receive the ball and put it in the back of the net. The score now would be tied 1-1 and it would continue that way for the rest of the game.
Not much else happened after that. The Union had a few chances throughout the second half but everything was a wasted opportunity. The Union would end up with 3 yellow cards in the second half. After Bedoya, Martinez would get one in the 82nd minute for slamming the ball down because he did not like a call from the ref. The 3rd Union yellow card was on Kai Wagner in the 91st minute. Wagner did not like the call because it looked as if there was minimal contact and the Montreal player flopped to the pitch.
Jim Curtin would make 3 substitutions in the game. Jack McGlynn and Cory Burke would be the two subs coming on the pitch first. They would replace Leon Flach and Julian Carranza in the 67th minute. The 3rd and final sub was Paxton Aaronson coming in for Mikael Uhre in the 89th minute.
The Union tied CF Montreal. The Union would end up only having 46% possession of the ball. They would also only have 4 shots taken and only 2 of those were on goal. The Union and Montreal would both have 3 yellow cards. Meanwhile, Andre Blake made 2 saves.
What’s Next for the Union?
The Union is still in first place in the Eastern Conference. Their record is now 5-2-1 with 17 points. They are 3 points ahead of NY Red Bulls. They are also 2 points behind LAFC for the Supporters Shield. The Union will now travel to Nashville to take on Nashville SC on Sunday, May 1 at Geodis Park.
Eric Williamson is the host of the Union podcast Full Time Philly and also contrinutes to many of the Union coverage. He is a huge fan of all the 4 major Philly teams on top of music too.