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The Philadelphia Union will definitely be without one starter and could be without a second Saturday when they host a stingy Montreal Impact side.
The Union (3-3-1) had a three-match winning streak snapped last Saturday with a 2-0 road loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy. Striker Marco Fabian was forced off in the 23rd minute with an ankle injury, and Philadelphia gave up both goals shortly thereafter as Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the back line fits.
Defender Auston Trusty, who was part of a play that led to the penalty Ibrahimovic converted for the Galaxy's second goal, was given his marching orders in the 76th minute after picking up his second caution of the contest, resulting in a one-match ban he will serve Saturday.
Fabian has two of Philadelphia's nine goals and leads the team in shots (25) and shots on goal (7). If he is unable to go, Union coach Jim Curtin would likely choose between David Accam and Cory Burke to lead the line. Accam has three goals in just 241 minutes over his five matches but was an unused substitute last weekend.
"Things can change quickly but you want a lot of different options to choose from and we have that now with David in the way he's won games for his with his goals, Fafa (Picault) with his work rate and still waiting to break out with goals," Curtin explained to the team's official website. "… and now Kacper (Przybylko) getting into the fold as well after doing really well with the Bethlehem Steel, in training and likely to be rewarded with being in the 18 and an option off the bench."
While Curtin has options, the Impact (3-2-2) have done a good job neutralizing opponents as they seek a fourth consecutive clean sheet. Montreal carries a 276-minute shutout streak and finally broke through for a win in that stretch with last Saturday's 1-0 win over Columbus in its home opener.
Maxi Urruti took advantage of a lapse by the Crew's defense, gaining possession and setting up Harry Novillo for the match's lone goal in the 55th minute. Evan Bush finished with five saves as Montreal's defense has been otherwise solid aside from its disastrous showing in a 7-1 loss at Sporting KC on March 30.
"It's satisfying. The end game is to win," manager Rémi Garde said post-match. "The end game is to win. It's a very big quality. What I liked about my players is that they refused to lose. They resisted against a very good team that does not allow many goals, but that does not score many either."
Montreal could be without a key piece of its offense as winger Ignacio Piatti could miss his fifth straight game with a knee injury. The Argentine had three goals in the first three matches when the Impact claimed seven of a possible nine points.
The road team won both matches last year, with Piatti setting up two goals in a 4-1 romp in Philadelphia. The Impact have claimed points in seven of the nine road matches in this series with two wins and five draws.
Updated April 19, 2019