The Montreal Impact’s recent hot stretch began with a home
victory over the New England Revolution roughly three weeks
Their inefficiency on the road, though, may contribute to a
couple of runs coming to an end in the rematch Sunday night.
Montreal earned a 2-1 win over New England on July 18, beginning
a stretch of three victories in four matches that most recently
includes a 2-0 home win over Philadelphia on Aug. 4.
Patrice Bernier scored his team-leading sixth goal in the win
over the Revolution, then assisted on Andrew Wenger’s goal against
the Union. Montreal, however, possesses the league’s worst road
record at 1-10-1 and has been outscored 13-4 while dropping its
last five away from home.
“We had a good result at home against them, but this time we’re
in their stadium, on an artificial pitch,” Bernier said. “Their
team has had ups and downs this season, but they’ve played well and
caused us some problems in the first game. We have to keep the same
mentality as in the last two games and keep our winning
The expansion Impact (9-13-3) have some work to do to get back
into playoff contention while overcoming the loss of defender
Nelson Rivas, who will begin serving a three-game suspension for
headbutting Philadelphia’s Antoine Hoppenot.
Goalkeeper Troy Perkins will make his team debut Sunday after
being acquired from Portland for fellow keeper Donovan Ricketts on
“(New England) is not an easy place to play and get a good
result,” coach Jesse Marsch said. “We’ll play on a small pitch and
it will be important to be solid defensively and take advantage of
The Revolution (6-11-5) have squandered most of their chances
while going 0-4-1 in their last five contests, but they’ll look to
take advantage of Montreal’s road struggles to end that skid
New England fell 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City last Saturday and
hasn’t won since beating New York on July 8, scoring only twice
during its drought.
“Results now are crucial,” midfielder Ryan Guy told the
Revolution’s official website. “No matter how we get them, we’ve
got to get them. I think we’re very willing to grind out ugly wins.
It’s always nicer to play well and get a win, but we’re preparing
ourselves purely for three points and nothing else.”
Guy believes the similarities between New England and Montreal
will benefit the Revolution, who hope to have defenders Kevin
Alston and A.J. Soares return after missing last weekend’s match
with hamstring injuries.
“I think they play a relatively similar style to us,” Guy said.
“I think that suits us because it makes the game more of a football
vs. football one. I think that’s a plus for us because it’s about
heads-up play. The onus is on us to live up to our expectations and
New England is 1-2-2 in its last five home contests and has been
shut out in its last two.