Cory Burke scored early to snap a 241-minute team goalless drought, Haris Medunjanin pounced late and the Philadelphia Union defeated the Montreal Impact 2-0 on Saturday afternoon for their first away victory of 2018.
The Union defeated a struggling Impact side despite not fielding forward CJ Sapong (left hip/quad) and winger David Accam (coach's decision) in their starting XI, and despite briefly going down a man after Burke was sent off for his challenge on Samuel Piette early in the second half.
But the game returned to even strength nine minutes later when referee Kevin Stott dismissed Montreal's Daniel Lovitz – after Video Review – for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
It was just the latest of many self-inflicted wounds for the Impact, who have now lost eight of their 11 matches under first-year coach Remi Garde and six of their last seven.
- THE BIG PICTURE: It wasn't pretty, but Philadelphia won't care how the away wins come, given this was their first in 364 days. As for Montreal, they are in danger of already having to turn an eye toward next season already as their late-game defensive woes continue. They've conceded a stunning 15 of their MLS-worst 26 goals after the 70th minute.
It's the Union's first road win since May 13 of last year, and just their second in their last 27 road games dating back through September of 2016. #MTLvPHI— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) May 12, 2018
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Despite his side holding a man advantage, Lovitz allowed Fafa Picault to get behind him and then took the winger down as he was alone on goal. That lapse – and the red card that followed – immediately erased the momentum Montreal had been trying to build after Burke received his marching orders.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Picault was their most consistent offensive threat over 90 minutes. His continuous pressure led to Lovitz's dismissal, a moment the Union probably needed to escape Stade Saputo with all three points.