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Carranza a game-time decision against CF Montreal today



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While the future of Julian Carranza as a Philadelphia Union remains a question mark, his participation in today’s critical match against CF Montreal is another unknown.

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin said Friday that the Argentine’s availability would be a game-time decision.

“He has pain for sure in the foot,” Curtin said. “He’s doing everything he can to get ready for the game, to prepare for it. Obviously, we don’t want to risk further injury or damaging anything but he obviously wants to continue to score goals and be a part of the game.”

Carranza’s absence was felt Wednesday in a scoreless draw that saw the Union with only a couple chances and a 0.7 xG.

If he’s not able to go, Curtin has the option to pair Quinn Sullivan and Mikael Uhre again or go to his bench and tap Chris Donovan or Tai Baribo to start. Markus Anderson had a good game with Union II last weekend, scoring a brace, but he’s out now with an injury.

Montreal has a lengthy list of players out with injury: Matias Coccaro (knee), Ousman Jabang (adductor), Lassi Lappalainen (hip), Josef Martinez (knee), Mahala Opoku (ankle), Mason Toye (hamstring) and Jules-Anthony Vilsaint (hamstring).

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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