Philadelphia Remain Hot On Columbus’s Heels Following Resounding Win

Warren Creavalle with Philadelphia Union in 2019. Photo by Anthony Nesmith/Csm/Shutterstock

Philadelphia Union enjoyed a resounding 4-1 win over a ten-man Montreal Impact at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on Monday night.

Currently, in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, this victory sees Union remain hot on the trail of conference leaders Columbus Crew, with only three points separating the two sides. Union is also two points clear of third-placed Orlando City and former conference leaders Toronto FC.

Monday’s game got off to an exciting start, with Romell Quioto expertly curving in a free-kick to hand Montreal the lead within five minutes of play. What followed was a shift in the flow of play, where Philadelphia started to emerge as the dominant side.

On the 15 minute mark, Quioto received a red card for elbowing Mark McKenzie while jockeying for possession, thus overshadowing the excellence of his prior goal and bringing his night to an early end.

Not long after, Philadelphia drew level with the Canadian side courtesy of Alejandro Bedoya’s close-range belter. On the stroke of half time, striker Kacper Przybyłko put Union in the lead with a well-timed header.

Two minutes after the restart and Przybyłko scored his second goal of the evening—a short range tap-in into a goalkeeper-less net.

Anthony Fontana wrapped up the scoring in the 65th minute, shooting from just outside the box to hand Philadelphia their fourth goal.