Impact-Revolution Preview

The Montreal Impact’s recent hot stretch began with a home

victory over the New England Revolution roughly three weeks

ago.

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

streak.”

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

Tuesday.

“(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

our opportunities.”

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

Sunday.

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

our level.”

New England is 1-2-2 in its last five home contests and has been

shut out in its last two.