Looking down at Stade Saputo from the nearby Olympic Tower. (Jonathan Tannenwald/Philly.com)
Time: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Venue: Stade Saputo, Montréal, Québec
TV: The Comcast Network (Rob Weingarten and Bob Rigby)
J.P. Dellacamera is on Olympics duty for MSNBC today, with the four men's tournament quarterfinals taking place this morning and afternoon. So former Tampa Bay Mutiny play-by-play announcer Rob Weingarten is back with the Union for his second assignment of the season.
MONTRÉAL - This is going to be one of those games where both teams' starting lineups could truly be a mystery until the last possible moment.
For the Union, central defender Bakary Soumaré is healthy enough to finally make his debut. But someone's going to have to be dropped from the starting lineup to make room.
Will it be Amobi Okugo? Or will the promising U.S. youth national team member move up to midfield, and thus displace Gabriel Gómez or Brian Carroll?
For the Impact, star forward and Designated Player Marco Di Vaio spent Friday back in Italy to testify in a match-fixing trial. The details are here.
Di Vaio was initially not expected to return to Montréal until Sunday. But word got out Friday afternoon that he now intends to fly back across the Atlantic this morning.
"If he tells me he really wants to play... I don't know what I'll do," Impact coach Jesse Marsch told Elizabeth Rancourt of TVA Sports, the French-language cable channel that broadcasts Impact games.
We shall see who ends up on the field when the lineups are announced an hour before kickoff. We'll also find out then just how big the Sons of Ben's traveling delegation is this weekend - I've heard it will number between 50 and 60.
Pregame Injury Report
Out: D Zarek Valentin (left ankle sprain), F Bernardo Corradi (left knee ACL tear)
Out: F Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms)
Questionable: M Michael Farfan (left foot contusion)
Probable: D Bakary Soumaré (right knee menisectomy recovery)
Montréal Impact (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Donovan Ricketts
Defenders: Hassoun Camara, Nelson Rivas, Alessandro Nesta, Matteo Ferrari
Midfielders: Patrice Bernier, Collen Warner; Justin Mapp, Felipe Martins, Davy Arnaud
Forwards: Andrew Wenger
Bench: GK Evan Bush; Ds Jeb Brovsky, Dennis Iapichino, Shavar Thomas; Ms Lamar Neagle, Sanna Nyassi; F Sinisa Ubiparipovic
Philadelphia Union (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper: Zac MacMath
Defenders: Gabriel Farfan, Amobi Okugo, Carlos Valdés, Sheanon Williams
Midfielders: Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud, Michael Farfan
Forwards: Lionard Pajoy, Jack McInerney, Freddy Adu
Bench: GK Chase Harrison; Ds Chris Albright, Raymon Gaddis; M Gabriel Gómez; Fs Chandler Hoffman, Antoine Hoppenot, Josué Martinez
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