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Cory Burke, Haris Medunjanin score as Union win in Montreal

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Cory Burke, Haris Medunjanin score as Union win in Montreal

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MONTREAL — Cory Burke and Haris Medunjanin scored Philadelphia's first two away goals of the season and the Union beat the Montreal Impact 2-0 with each side down a man Saturday.

Burke headed in a pass from Raymon Gaddis in the 43rd minute, and David Accam fed Medunjanin for a goal off the left post in the 88th.

Burke was sent off in the 58th minute, and Montreal's Daniel Lovitz was ejected in the 67th.

Philadelphia (2-5-2) lost its first four road games, being outscored 9-0.

Montreal (3-8-0) has lost two in a row and six of seven.

Crushing loss to Impact stunts Union's playoff hopes

Crushing loss to Impact stunts Union's playoff hopes

CHESTER, Pa. -- Sitting two points ahead of the Montreal Impact entering Saturday’s match, the Union had a prime opportunity to propel themselves up the Eastern Conference standings and keep pace for the final postseason spot.

Three Impact goals later, that opportunity was squashed.

“We're very disappointed,” Union captain Alejandro Bedoya said. “Definitely a missed opportunity for our playoff hopes. We just have to keep pushing and try to get some results away, like we haven’t been able to get the whole season. We just have to keep working hard. This is the end of the season and we have to put our heads down to do everything we can and pick up points.”

Now tied with the New England Revolution with 29 points with 10 games remaining, the dejected Union have fallen six points behind the sixth and final playoff spot while drifting to 10th in the East. The Revs have a game in hand.

“We weren’t good enough in what was a big game,” Union manager Jim Curtin said. “Now we have to chase, we no longer control our own destiny and we need help and we’re going to need to do things on the road that we haven’t done this year. Are we capable of that? Yes. But did we just make it more difficult on ourselves? Absolutely.”

Curtin wasn’t joking. Starting next weekend, the Union will be tasked with conquering a two-game road trip that starts against the San Jose Earthquakes and ends against Toronto FC. The two clubs have a combined home record of 16-1-7.

But that’s just the beginning. Over these final 10 games, the Union, who are a paltry 1-7-3 on the road this season, must also travel to face the Chicago Fire, Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls, which have a combined 2017 home record of 23-4-4.

“We need to win games on the road,” Union midfielder Haris Medunjanin said. “We’ve won just one game this season away. If we want to play in the playoffs you need to win games on the road.”

The Union's final stretch would have been a tough road prior to Saturday. But now that the club must find points at places like BMO Field, Avaya Stadium, Toyota Park and Red Bull Arena, that end-of-season gauntlet is even more grueling.

“We all knew the importance of the game,” Union center back Josh Yaro said. “We all knew what we had to do. I think we know what is at stake and from now on. Sometimes good enough is not good enough and I think this is one of those nights.”

Stifled Union clobbered by Impact in crushing defeat

Stifled Union clobbered by Impact in crushing defeat

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CHESTER, Pa. — Struggling to find their offensive footing, the stifled Union managed just two shots on goal as they fell to Blerim Dzemaili and the Montreal Impact, 3-0, Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium. 

“We weren't able to get as close as we would like to them, we’re not built to go on these track meet type games,” Union manager Jim Curtin said. “Overall, it was a high-intensity game, both teams were physical, tight to us and closed us down. They are a solid team and we didn’t have the urgency over 90 minutes.” 

The Impact, now 8-8-6, have been a thorn for the 8-11-5 Union all season, collecting a win and draw at Talen Energy Stadium to take the season series, 2-0-1. With the victory, the visitors snapped the Union’s four-game win streak at home, while also putting a knife in the host’s playoff chances. 

It was the Union's worst home loss since May 14, 2013.

“They deserved to win,” Union midfielder Haris Medunjanin said. “Especially in the second half. They showed us how we need to play, how we need to defend as a team and attack as a team.” 

Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush finished with the two save shutout, while John McCarthy allowed three goals on seven shots. 

“It’s difficult,” Medunjanin said. “This was our opportunity to be closer to the playoffs and we gave it away, especially at home. The first half, I think we played a good half, we had the ball a lot but the final pass was not there tonight.” 

Following an uneventful first half that saw each team register just one shot on goal, things began to heat up in the second. In the 66th minute, the Union earned their best chance of the night, when Medunjanin pushed a right side touch cross that was tapped from C.J. Sapong to Giliano Wijnaldum, whose shot ricocheted off the right bar to stay out.

“Our final ball wasn’t where it needed to be,” Curtin said. “We had opportunities at home, but shots inside the box need to hit the target and we didn’t do that enough tonight.” 

The miss would prove costly, as the Impact found goal just three minutes later.

In an attempt to stop a hard cross from the left side, Josh Yaro, in for the injured Oguchi Onyewu, clipped the pass with his heel, stunning the Union defense and allowing the ball to skitter across the box to Dzemaili, where he slugged it through McCarthy for the 1-0 Impact lead.

“The guy crossed the ball in and it was behind me so I flicked it,” Yaro said. “The man was right in the 18, so he shot it. We are taught that I have to protect between the goal and the 18. Unfortunately, the ball was behind me, so I was hoping that someone would be there to collect it. Just unfortunate their man was there.”

Looking to scratch out a late goal, Curtin called on Roland Alberg, Marcus Epps and Jay Simpson for center back Jack Elliott, to spark offense off the bench. But the club didn’t generate anything, eventually allowing a stoppage time penalty kick goal to Ignacio Piatti and another one in stoppage time from Dzemaili to seal the Union’s lopsided defeat.

“We had some looks in the first half and a few really good looks in the second half but we didn’t score,” Curtin said. “Now we’ve conceded and we’re chasing the game, and we struggle to chase games from behind.”