By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It seems as if the matches get bigger and bigger each week for the Philadelphia Union as they chase a postseason berth. That trend continues on Saturday afternoon when they visit the Montreal Impact.
With 46 points, Philadelphia is right in the middle of Eastern Conference playoff chase. They are currently tied with Montreal and Chicago for fourth in the conference, but right now they lose the tiebreaker between the teams, so if the season ended today they would be on the outside looking in. But they are also just two points behind third-place Houston. So with two regular season matches left, needless to say, it is a very fluid situation.
Philadelphia has put themselves in this position thanks to some late match heroics the last couple of weeks. Back on October 5th, the Union pulled out a dramatic 1-0 result over Toronto FC thanks to a Kleberson goal late in stoppage time. Then last Saturday, Jack McInerney broke a long scoreless drought with a goal at the edge of stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw against D.C. United.
“It’s been a fun roller coaster ride,” Union defender Amobi Okugo tells KYW Newsradio about the last couple of weeks. “It just shows that you have to focus for 90 minutes because you never know what’s going to happen. The last two games we scored late in the game. It just shows our will to keep fighting and it shows how important the playoffs are for us.”
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