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In pictures: Philadelphia Union 3-0 CF Montreal

All photos: Marjorie Elzey

It was Pride Night at the Subaru Park on Saturday when the Philadelphia Union hosted CF Montreal. The stands were filled with rainbow wrist bands, bandanas and “Soccer for All” banners showing support for the LGBTQ+ community. The Boys in Blue came out fast and furious with a goal from Julián Carranza in the 12th minute with the assist going to Matt Real, his first MLS assist of the season. Even with a new line-up the team looked to be in form similar to last year and bought their undefeated streak to nine with the last four being wins.  The front three are connecting passes, finding success and bringing new celebrations to the field. Jesús Bueno had his second career MLS start as part of the midfield in the starting 11. The fans were energetic creating an electric atmosphere with full stadium chants and cell phone lights in the stands. The players and fans fed off each other making the stadium feel like a playoff game. A few yellow cards were issued during the game, one to Matko Milijevic  for a malicious tackle on Nathan Harriel. Jim Curtin had words with José Martínez when José reacted to a tackle from behind and ended up earning a yellow card. This card brings José to a total of five, making him unavailable for selection for the next game due suspension for yellow card accumulation. The “Man of the Match” was Daniel Gazdag, as announced by the River End.


Pride night was celebrated by the Philadelphia Union on June 3, 2023. The Philadelphia Falcons came out to the Sons of Ben tailgate, sharing the message “Soccer for Everyone” with bracelets reading “Inclusive. Driven. Soccer.” and “Defend Trans Joy”. Also featured, a fan’s Pride shirt honoring Grant Wahl.


After the march through the Subaru Plaza, the Sons of Ben held a quick pep rally getting fans pumped up for the game ahead.


Jim Curtin watches his team take the field in the first half of the game.


Leon Flach makes a key tackle against Bryce Duke as he charges towards the goal.


Julián Carranza celebrates his first goal of the night with a member of the Union’s technical staff.


Jesús Bueno gets a hand on Bryce Duke while defending in the midfield.


Nathan Harriel wins the header with support from Julián Carranza.


After James Pantemis makes a save against Daniel Gazdag’s shot, Gazdag  looks for the follow-up opportunity.


Mikeal Uhre gets a shot on goal under pressure from CF Montreal, scoring in the 36th minute.


Nathan Harriel and Mikeal Uhre celebrate Uhre’s goal with passion.


Julián Carranza and Joel Waterman get physical while trying to win the ball.


Nathan Harriel keeps the ball, under pressure from Róbert Thorkelsson.


Jesús Bueno brings the ball downfield while Ahmed Hamdi anticipates where he is going.


Julián Carranza and Ousman Jabang continue play after Leon Flach goes down with an injury.


Julián Carranza takes a shot and scores his 2nd goal, giving him a brace on the night.


The Union’s front three, Daniel Gazdag, Julián Carranza, Mikael Uhre, celebrate together after Julián Carranza scores with an assist credited to Daniel Gazdag.


Gabriele Corbo has his hands on Julián Carranza’s shoulder, holding him back from the ball.


Nathan Harriel barely missed getting kicked in the head after a slide tackle on Ahmed Hamdi.


A painful tackle by Matko Milijevic has Nathan Harriel yelling in pain.



Head referee Jon Freemon, issues a yellow card to Matko Milijevic for the hard tackle on Nathan Harriel.


Damion Lowe pauses play, allowing Joaquín Torres to overlap him and receive the ball.


José Martínez sprints down the sideline towards goal while a CF Montreal player is down on the field.


Jon Freemon takes notes on the yellow card issued to José Martínez. Jakob Glesnes laughs at a CF Montreal player after a scuffle.


The “Man of the Match” winner, Julián Carranza, is announced in the River End before hitting the Big Drum to celebrate the honor.


Grant Wahl (December 2, 1973 – December 10, 2022), a pioneer for sports journalists focusing on soccer, he brought awareness to the sport in the US, growing the popularity of the sport with his coverage. He reported on some of the biggest stories of the game, was a best-selling author and was held in the highest regard in clubs worldwide. When he passed away suddenly during the World Cup, flowers, photos and notes honored him in press boxes all over the world.


The Union will take on the San Jose Earthquakes and former Union player, Jamiro Monteiro at PayPal Park this Saturday, June 10 at 10:30pm.


  1. Very nice! I’m always so glad that PSP and you wonderful photographers bring these great photos to us.

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