Philadelphia Union return home to face CF Montreal

The Philadelphia Union will try to rebound from their first loss of the 2022 Major League Soccer season on Saturday against CF Montreal.

The Union Pregame Show presented by DraftKings begins at 2:30 p.m. ET with Jon Jansen and Joe Tansey. The game call follows at 3 p.m. ET and the Postgame Show comes on immediately after the final whistle.

Philadelphia and Montreal played once already this season in different circumstances on March 5 at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

The Union pulled out a 2-1 victory in Quebec despite playing the final 20 minutes down a man due to a red card issued to Julian Carranza.

Mikael Uhre made his Union debut as a substitute in that contest, but he did not have a chance to link up with Carranza because of the sending off.

Uhre and Carranza started the last two games in front of Daniel Gazdag in the attacking third. The trio combined on Carranza's goal against Toronto FC last week. The striker partnership was responsible for three of the team's five shots on target, two of which came from Uhre.

The Union lost to Toronto 2-1 last week, but they won the expected goals battle, 1.7-0.4. That is a promising sign for the Union's attack as it returns home.

Montreal was in the middle of Concacaf Champions League play when it last faced the Union. Jim Curtin's men won two games against Montreal and New York City FC while they were participating in the CCL.

Wilfried Nancy's side enters Subaru Park on a three-game winning streak. The victories came over FC Cincinnati, the New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Montreal tallied a total of eight goals in that span with Djordje Mihailovic playing a role in most of those chances.

Mihailovic is considered by some to be the early favorite for MLS Most Valuable Player. He has four goals and three assists in the early season.

Philadelphia's defensive key will be slowing down the United States international in the middle of the park and around the penalty area.

The Union's defense should be up for the task. After all, this is a unit that has held every opponent to 1.2 expected goals or fewer and just let up its first multi-goal concession of the season against Toronto.

The Union need a strong performance at home on Saturday, so it can go into a busy May with a good amount of confidence.

Philadelphia is currently scheduled to play seven games in May, including the round of 32 U.S. Open Cup match with Orlando City on May 10.

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