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MLS Preview: Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union

Raymon Gaddis, Antoine Hoppenot

Philadelphia Union’s Raymon Gaddis, left, and Antoine Hoppenot celebrate Hoppenot’s goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


Not often , with two games to go in the season, has the schedule handed us such a juicy matchup.

It just so happens that we have been given one this weekend on a silver platter.

Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush: “Saturday is a six-point game for sure.”

Well put. It’s hard to get more on the line than when the Philadelphia Union head across the border to take on Montreal.

The two teams come into the matchup level on points, just a goal apart on differential, and a single win spacing them two spots apart in the table.

With the Impact crashing down the table, this could be the fixture that gets them going. It’s been six whole matches without a win for Montreal - a club record - and another failure to grab three points could very well see them fall completely out of the playoff scenario.

Over that stretch they’ve conceded 10 goals to their own three, and have dropped three straight 1-0 games - two of those to fellow teams in the fierce playoff battle.

They haven’t scored in 272 minutes either. That’s a bit of an issue.

Thankfully for Montreal, Philadelphia can’t score either. Four goals in the last eight matches, spread as evenly as you can get. Unfortunately for Montreal, Philadelphia also doesn’t allow any. Their last six matches: 1-1, 1-0, 1-0, 0-1, 0-1, 0-0. Numbers are fun! Philadelphia games aren’t - not if you like goals, anyways.

That could change though, with Jack McInerney now off the four-month schneid and a major monkey off his back.

This one is sure to be a great one though, no matter the outcome, solely based on what’s at stake. Either team could win themselves into the playoff race, or lose themselves out. With the Chicago Fire also even with these two on 46 points and playing lowly Toronto, a draw could be lethal to both sides, so expect the two foes to go all-in.