CHESTER, Pa. - Struggling to find their offensive footing, the stifled Union managed just two shots on goal as they fell to Blerim Dzemaili and the Montreal Impact, 3-0, Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Impact, now 8-8-6, have been a thorn for the 8-11-5 Union all season, collecting two draws at Talen Energy Stadium to take the season series, 1-0-2. With the victory, the visitors snapped the Union's four-game win streak at home, while also putting a knife in the host's playoff chances.
Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush finished with the two save shutout, while John McCarthy allowed three goals on seven shots.
Following an uneventful first half that saw each team register just one shot on goal, things began to heat up in the second. In the 66th minute, the Union earned their best chance of the night, when Haris Medunjanin pushed a right side touch cross that was tapped from C.J. Sapong to Giliano Wijnaldum, whose shot ricocheted off the right bar to stay out.
The miss would prove costly, as the Impact found goal just three minutes later.
In an attempt to stop a hard cross from the left side, Josh Yaro, in for the injured Oguchi Onyewu, clipped the pass with his heel, stunning the Union defense and allowing the ball to skitter across the box to Dzemaili, where he slugged it through McCarthy for the 1-0 Impact lead.
Looking to scratch out a late goal, Union manager Jim Curtin called on Roland Alberg, Marcus Epps and Jay Simpson for center back Jack Elliott, to spark offense off the bench. But the club didn't generate anything, eventually allowing a stoppage time penalty kick goal to Ignacio Piatti and another one in stoppage time from Dzemaili to seal the Union's lopsided defeat.