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Union get 'wake-up call' before brutal stretch of schedule

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Union get 'wake-up call' before brutal stretch of schedule

CHESTER, Pa. -- Consider it a wake-up call.

“That’s how it happens,” said Union defender Auston Trusty, following Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Montreal Impact at Talen Energy Stadium. “You go on a streak and get a wake-up call. Usually, those teams get smacked. We’ll build off this game and react to it in a positive way.”

After a five-game unbeaten run, the Union were dismantled at home by Ignacio Piatti and the Impact. But it’s not the loss, but how the team reacts to it, that could play a pivotal role in the club’s playoff future.

“It was a bad night all around,” said Union manager Jim Curtin. “We made some big mistakes, they punished us for them. We have no time to sit and feel sorry for ourselves.”

Currently fifth in the Eastern Conference at 12-12-4, the Union are now one point ahead of the Impact, who are holding onto sixth. D.C. United, New England Revolution and hard-charging Toronto FC are all vying for position but presently on the outside looking in.

“Every result matters in a big way,” said Curtin, with six matches left in the season. “You see how tight the table is in the Eastern Conference, you see how quickly things can change, how quickly a big road win can go for a team. It doesn’t feel good right now. We need to find a way to get it back quickly because every point matters at this stage.”

Saturday’s match was the weak spot in a brutal run for the Union. Kicking off with the 12-14-3 Impact at home, the Union travel to Seattle to face the 12-9-5 Sounders on Wednesday before returning home to host Western Conference powerhouse Sporting Kansas City (14-7-6) on Sunday. If that’s not bad enough, the club then travels to Texas to face the Houston Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup Championship game.

“We have a quick turnaround to now go on the road against Seattle, which is a challenge,” Curtin said. “The guys are disappointed. We lost an opportunity to distance ourselves but we knew this thing was not going to be easy. The group is strong still and the group is together. We need to fix some things, quickly.”

If they don’t, the Union could stumble out of the playoff driver’s seat and into the fire.

“We have six games left,” Curtin said. “Three at home, three away, with the season on the line.”

Cory Burke, Andre Blake and Alejandro Bedoya lead Union over Impact

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Cory Burke, Andre Blake and Alejandro Bedoya lead Union over Impact

BOX SCORE 

Cory Burke and Jamiro Monteiro each scored to help the Philadelphia beat the Montreal Impact 3-0 on Saturday for the Union's fourth win in their last five games.

Burke stole a lazy pass near midfield and then took a few dribbles before blasting a roller from outside the area just inside the far post to give Philadelphia (4-3-1) a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.

Monteiro, a 25-year old on loan from FC Metz through June, converted from the spot in the 45th for his first MLS goal after Jack Elliott drew a foul conceded by Zakaria Diallo.

Alejandro Bedoya tapped in an empty-netter to cap the scoring 57th minute.

Montreal (3-3-2) had its three-game unbeaten streak snapped and conceded a goal for the first time since a 7-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City on March 30.

Philadelphia's Kai Wagner was shown a straight red card, after video review, in the 90th minute.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice as Union lose to LA Galaxy

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice as Union lose to LA Galaxy

CARSON, Calif. — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in the first half and the LA Galaxy beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a header in the 27th minute for the Galaxy (5-1-0). He drew a penalty five minutes later and converted it into the left corner in the 36th minute. The Swedish forward has six goals this season and 28 in 31 MLS appearances.

Philadelphia went down a man in the 76th minute when Auston Trusty was shown a red card for unsporting behavior.

The Union's Marco Fabian left in the 23rd minute because of a left ankle injury.

Philadelphia (3-3-1) had won three straight and was unbeaten in four.