The loan goal was scored by Kacper Przybylko in the 57th minute and it held up as the winner. The 26-year-old Przybylko is coming off a breakout 15-goal season for the Union in 2019.
After the match, Impact head coach Thierry Henry acknowledged his team's slow start and the Union's strengths.
"Despite not starting as well as we should, this Philadelphia team has played this system for a while now. The team is mostly the same and their players have been playing together for a long time," Henry said via a club report. "We had a hard time getting into the game, but we finished a lot better. It could've been better at the start. We won't look for excuses, but I am satisfied with the way we performed near the end."
The Impact are preparing for the opening leg of their Champions League Round of 16 series against Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa (February 19 at 8 pm ET). The Union kick off competitive action in 2020 with their MLS Week 1 opener at FC Dallas on Saturday, February 29 (6 pm ET).
- PHI - Kacper Przybylko - 57th min
Montreal Impact - starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Clement Diop -- Jorge Corrales, Rudy Camacho, Rod Fanni, Clement Bayiha (46' Zachary Brault-Guillard) -- Shamit Shome, Samuel Piette, Steeven Saba (46' Mathieu Choiniere) -- Romell Quioto, Bojan, Maxi Urruti
Montreal Impact - 61st minute (4-3-3, left to right): Clement Diop -- Jorge Corrales (75' Keesean Ferdinand), Rudy Camacho (73' Luis Binks), Rod Fanni (73' Joel Waterman), Zachary Brault-Guillard -- Saphir Taider, Samuel Piette (75' Tomas Giraldo), Mathieu Choiniere -- Orji Okwonkwo, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Ballou Tabla
Philadelphia Union: Lineup information not available