Philadelphia (1-2-5) at Montreal (0-3-4), 4 p.m.
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of struggling Eastern Conference rivals will tangle on Saturday when the Philadelphia Union travel to Saputo Stadium to face the Montreal Impact.
It has been a trying start to the season for Philadelphia. Since winning their home opener, 1-0, over the New England Revolution on March 15, Philadelphia has gone winless in its last six games, including last Saturday's listless scoreless draw with the Houston Dynamo at PPL Park.
Coming off a 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls last Wednesday, the Union hoped to claim a second win against a struggling Houston side, but Philadelphia was ineffective in the final third all afternoon.
The Union were handed a golden opportunity with eight minutes to play when Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie was issued a second yellow card and sent off.
But the Union were unable to take advantage of the chance and had to settle for a point, finishing with zero shots on target.
"Look this is not what we do. This is not the way we play," Union manager John Hackworth said. "The main thing was we were going to go out and press them. We should've pressed them from the start, but were not going to give our opponent time and space in our own building. That's not who we are. And you saw that right away in the second half. As frustrated as I was at halftime, after the second half, I think especially with so many guys mentally and physically fatigued, there were positives, stuff we can build on."
Montreal, meanwhile, is coming off a 4-0 shellacking at the hands of defending champions Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park on Saturday.
The loss left the Impact still searching for their first win of the season with four draws and three defeats through seven games.
Montreal fell behind just past the half-hour mark when a long throw-in by defender SKC Matt Besler from the left flank was accidentally redirected into goal by Impact midfielder Callum Mallace.
After that misfortune, SKC ran away with the result as Dominic Dwyer scored a second-half brace and defender Aurelien Collin added a fourth goal for the champions.
"It was a tale of two halves," said Impact head coach Frank Klopas. "We will get back to work and be ready for our game next week."
"We started the game well, we were working hard but then they scored on an unfortunate own goal," said Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier. "In the second half, there were too many moments where we didn't rise to the occasion. With the way we started the season, we aren't in a place where we could come back after having two goals scored against us."
In five previous meetings with the Impact, Philadelphia has claimed three points just once, a 2-1 victory at PPL Park on July 14, 2012.