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The Montreal Impact might be mired in their longest losing streak of the season, but at least their star midfielder appears ready to possibly help end that slide.
Ignacio Piatti could be back to MLS action for the first time in two months when the Impact look to avoid a fifth straight defeat Saturday night against the visiting Philadelphia Union.
Injuries have limited the 34-year-old Piatti to just five MLS games in 2019. However, he's scored three goals in those games. He last took to the pitch in a league game on May 24 versus Los Angeles FC, and could be ready do it again Saturday.
Montreal fans got a potential appetizer for that moment when Piatti returned to action and scored on a penalty kick in the 1-0 victory over York9 FC in the Canadian Championship on Wednesday.
Piatti hopes that win will build enough momentum to carry over into the MLS campaign, which has seen Montreal (9-11-3) drop its last two games at home and fall 2-1 at lowly Columbus last Saturday.
"I hope the team can continue (winning like Wednesday)," Piatti told the MLS official website.
That might not be easy against Philadelphia (11-6-6), which entered this weekend's slate of matches atop the Eastern Conference and seemed to have little trouble in a 3-0 home victory over the Impact on April 20. Cory Burke, Jamiro Monteiro and Alejandro Bedoya each scored in that contest for the Union, who faced a Montreal side that did not have Piatti on the pitch.
Piatti has recorded four goals with six assists during eight career MLS games against the Union.
Philadelphia is looking for a second straight victory after winning 2-0 over Chicago last weekend. Marco Fabian scored in the 11th minute and Anthony Fontana added the other goal in the 65th to help the Union rebound from a 4-0 loss at Real Salt Lake. It was just their second win in the just the second time in their last six league contests.
"Not our perfect game, not a complete game, but a very professional performance," coach Jim Curtin told the Union's official website. "In the middle of July, end of July, you need these types of wins, and you need a clean sheet to be honest.
"We can improve on a lot, for sure, but at the same time, a big three points for us in a lot of ways."
Fabian has now scored in two his last three games.
Updated July 27, 2019