D.C. United played a part in Montreal’s first losing streak of
the season, but the Impact will get to host their Eastern
Conference rivals in the rematch.
Montreal will try to add to D.C.’s 12-game road winless streak
while avoiding a third consecutive defeat Saturday night.
United have the fewest points in the league but beat Montreal
3-1 on Aug. 3 to snap a five-game winless skid. D.C. (3-16-4)
followed with a victory in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals four days
later but couldn’t keep its momentum going in its next MLS game
last Saturday, falling 2-0 in Philadelphia.
Montreal lost 2-1 to Chicago that same day as it came up empty
in a two-game road stretch. Designated player Hernan Bernardello
made his debut for the club, playing the first 55 minutes.
The Impact (10-7-5) have gone 1-4-3 in their last eight to fall
from first to fourth place in the East. Montreal, though, plays its
next two games at home, where it’s 7-1-3 this season and 13-2-4 in
its last 19.
“It’s a good opportunity to face a team who just beat you,”
defender Jeb Brovsky said. “I take it personally when we get beat.
I hope all the guys feel the same. Now (United are) coming into our
house and we want to make a statement. We can’t throw points away
The Impact defeated D.C. 3-0 on Aug. 25, the lone matchup in
Canada. Patrice Bernier had two goals and an assist.
Having failed to win on the road since Nov. 8, D.C. is mired in
the second-longest such drought in team history. It’s the lone team
not to earn a victory away from home this season, going 0-8-3 while
getting outscored 18-2.
D.C., which had an 18-game road winless streak during the 2001
and ’02 seasons, will try to end its current skid by taking
advantage of a Montreal club allowing the third-most goals per game
at 1.55. United, though, are second at 1.65.
“They have the third-worst goals-against average in the league,
so they leak goals,” D.C. goalkeeping coach Preston Burpo said of
Montreal. “There’s a lot of pressure on (the Impact). They’ve only
won one game in the last eight. … We’ll put them on the defensive
as much as possible, put the pressure on them and try to walk out
of there with three points.”
United might get some help from defender Dennis Iapichino, who
was put on waivers by Montreal on Tuesday and signed by D.C. two
days later. Iapichino is expected to be available for this