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New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact | MLS Match Preview

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs MONTRÉAL IMPACT
GILLETTE STADIUM, Foxborough, Mass.
Sept. 13, 2014 (WEEK 27, MLS Game #258)
7:30 p.m. ET (CSN-NE; TVA)

The New England Revolution will be aiming to continue their march up the Eastern Conference table when they play host to the Montréal Impact on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution won for a fourth consecutive contest, coming back for a 2-1 win against the Chicago Fire in Foxborough last weekend. The Impact are perilously close to having their playoff hopes dashed, following a 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy at Stade Saputo last weekend.

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REFEREE: Alan Kelly. AR1 (bench): Bill Dittmar; AR2 (opposite): Brian Dunn; 4th: Jose Carlos Rivero
MLS Career: 12 games; FC/gm: 26.9; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 4; pens: 3

SUSPENDED: MTL: Felipe Martins (caution accumulation; through Sept. 14)
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: NE: Teal Bunbury, Chris Tierney … MTL: Karl Ouimette
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NE: Lee Nguyen, Daigo Kobayashi, Kelyn Rowe, A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes, Scott Caldwell … MTL: Hernan Bernardello, Matteo Ferrari, Andres Romero, Dilly Duka, Krzysztof Krol
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (6 meetings): Revolution 2 wins, 5 goals … Impact 4 wins, 9 goals … Ties 0
AT NEW ENGLAND (3 meetings): Revolution 0 wins, 2 goals … Impact 2 wins, 5 goals … Ties 0
FUTURE MATCH: 10/11: Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution, 4 p.m. ET

2014 (MLS)
5/31: MTL 2, NE 0 (Romero 3; McInerney 38)

  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Andrés Romero and Jack McInerney scored first-half goals to lead the Impact to a 2-0 win May 31 at Stade Saputo.
  • Montréal has won on both visits all-time to Gillette Stadium, including a 4-2 victory last Sept. 8 in their only visit to Foxborough.
  • The first meeting was Montréal’s second home win vs. New England; the Revolution had won on their two previous trips to Stade Saputo, both coming by 1-0 scorelines.
  • Coaches record: Frank Klopas vs. NE: P9 W4 L4 D1 … Jay Heaps vs. MTL: P6 W2 L4 D0

LAST MEETING (MLS)

  • The Impact took the lead in the third minute. Andres Romero played a one-two with Marco Di Vaio outside the area, Romero getting the return pass and racing toward the right post before patiently finishing past Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth from close range.
  • The second goal came in the 38th minute. Issey Nakajima-Farran ran down the left flank unchallenged and powered a shot which bounced off Shuttleworth’s chest and fell for Jack McInerney to tap in an uncontested rebound.
  • Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins was credited with three saves in keeping the clean sheet.
  • MONTREAL IMPACT (4-4-2): Troy Perkins - Hassoun Camara, Heath Pearce, Wandrille Lefevre, Karl Ouimette - Andres Romero (Justin Mapp 67), Felipe Martins (Patrice Bernier 85), Hernan Bernardello, Issey Nakajima-Farran - Jack McInerney (Santiago Gonzalez 83), Marco Di Vaio.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney (Steve Neumann 77) - Andy Dorman - Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe (Daigo Kobayashi 62), Diego Fagundez - Patrick Mullins.

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution won their fourth consecutive match, coming back for a 2-1 victory against the Chicago Fire on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 39 points from 27 games.

LAST MATCH

  • The Fire took the lead in the 28th minute. Quincy Amarikwa tracked down a through ball on the left, then sent a cross into the area where Sanna Nyassi headed home inside the far post.
  • But just before halftime, the Revolution pulled level. Jose Goncalves saved a corner from going out of bounds, then fed Lee Nguyen in the right side of the area. Nguyen then turned provider, chipping a lofted ball to a wide open Diego Fagundez at the back post for a headed finish.
  • The game-winner came on the hour. After collecting a pass in the Revs end, Jermaine Jones quickly turned and sprinted up field before splitting defenders with a through ball to Charlie Davies. The substitute broke the offside trap and sprinted into the box, slotting a low shot just under the dive of Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.  Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made three changes to the team that rolled to a 3-1 win against Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium. Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez and Patrick Mullins all came into the team, in place of Teal Bunbury, Daigo Kobayashi and Charlie Davies.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-2-3-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes - Jermaine Jones (Daigo Kobayashi 90), Scott Caldwell - Diego Fagundez (Teal Bunbury 66), Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe - Patrick Mullins (Charlie Davies 58).

TEAM NEWS

  • The Revolution won their fourth consecutive game in the come-from-behind win against Chicago. The Revs won five games in a row this season from April 26-May 24.
  • For a second consecutive match, the Revolution conceded the opening goal in the first half before storming back for the victory. The Revolution are 3-11-1 after conceding first.
  • "Maybe we need a wakeup call,” midfielder Jermaine Jones said. “When you watch the two last games, we controlled the 90 minutes and they scored from nothing, both teams. The important stuff is that we keep going. We tried to push and push."
  • Said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps: “You have to react after giving up a goal. I think the game was all us at that point. In terms of the reaction and the positive nature, we sense that we have some real leaders out there, like Jose [Goncalves], like Jermaine, like A.J. [Soares]. I think their reactions have been really good and the players around them are feeding off of that.”
  • Diego Fagundez made his first start in three matches and responded with his fifth goal of the league campaign, his first since May 24 when he netted vs. D.C. United.
  • “I think our work rate [has changed recently],” Fagundez said. “Everyone knows that we need to win and that we need these points, especially at home. We can’t lose at home. It’s our home field and we have to make sure that we let other teams know that this is where we play.”
  • Charlie Davies came off the substitutes’ bench after six consecutive starts and scored his third goal of the season, all coming over the last six matches.
  • “We went to him earlier than we thought and he went in and changed the game within two minutes,” Heaps said. “But Charlie has put in a lot of minutes as well – he played 90 minutes last Saturday, his first 90, then he started the next game and went 60, so we were as managing that, as well. With all of the factors, we thought it was a good time to bring him in.”
  • Lee Nguyen set up the game-tying goal; his fourth assist of the season. He has four goals and two assists over the Revolution winning streak.
  • Jermaine Jones started alongside Scott Caldwell as the Revolution went with two deep-lying central midfielders. Jones played almost the full match for his longest shift yet since coming to MLS and the Revolution.
  • “We thought that Jermaine was starting to get his fitness back and we wanted to release him a little bit, so that’s why we brought Scotty in as more of a cover spot. Also, Daigo had played a lot of minutes the past two games,” said Heaps.

MONTREAL IMPACT
The Montréal Impact had their two-game winning streak come to an end, the LA Galaxy coming back for a 2-2 draw Wednesday evening at Stade Saputo. The Impact are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with 21 points from 27 games.

LAST MATCH

  • Montreal took the lead in the 28th minute. Felipe’s curling pass from midfield found Ignacio Piatti wide left. Piatti cut in and slipped it forward to Dilly Duka, who squared for Marco Di Vaio, and he finished from close range.
  • The Impact added their second in the 43rd minute. Duka released Felipe down the left, Piatti and Di Vaio racing through with him. The Galaxy defenders tracked back to prevent the 3-on-1 opportunity, but Felipe moved inside and cut the ball back to Piatti, who faked a shot in front of Leonardo before finishing low with his left.
  • The Galaxy pulled a goal back in the 59th minute. Juninho blasted a low diagonal pass from the right into the box. No one got a touch on it until it reached Gyasi Zardes at the far post, who coolly tapped it home.
  • Two minutes later the Galaxy were level. From the edge of the area, Landon Donovan managed to slip the ball through to Robbie Keane on the left. Keane’s low cross found a sliding Alan Gordon, who bundled the ball over the line from close range.
  • Impact head coach Frank Klopas made two changes to the team that fell 3-2 to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. Hassoun Camara and Heath Pearce came into the back four in place of Wandrille Lefevre and Krzysztof Krol.
  • MONTREAL IMPACT (4-2-3-1): Evan Bush - Hassoun Camara (Karl Ouimette 59), Heath Pearce, Matteo Ferrari (Wandrille Lefevre 46), Eric Miller - Felipe Martins, Calum Mallace - Andres Romero, Ignacio Piatti, Dilly Duka (Maxim Tissot 73) - Marco Di Vaio.

TEAM NEWS

  • While the Impact saw their two-game winning streak at Stade Saputo come to an end, they did take points from a home game for a third straight match following a three-game home winning streak.
  • “We knew it was going to be an emotional match,” said Impact head coach Frank Klopas. “We are where we are right now and we won`t be giving up until the end. There`s a lot to play for right now and we have one of our biggest games of the year next week. We need all of our fans to be there for us. We need this place very loud because this isn’t over yet.”
  • The Impact go to New England with a 16-game road winless streak. The Impact are still without a victory away from home, trying to avoid becoming the sixth team to finish a season without a road win (now 0-10-3).
  • Marco Di Vaio scored his sixth goal of the season, his first since July 16 (a span of five games). He scored 20 goals in league play a year ago, third in the MLS Golden Boot standings.
  • “We are not satisfied because we were winning 2-0 in the first half,” said Di Vaio. “We could have scored a third goal, but I am happy because we played with the same intensity in the first and second half. We have been doing a lot better for the last month and a half so we know that we can take on these big teams. That’s a positive thing, but we did want to win.”
  • Dilly Duka collected a pair of assists, his first two assists of the season. Duka has all of his two goals and two assists in starting the last five matches since his arrival from the Chicago Fire via trade.
  • After scoring three goals in the previous two matches, Ignacio Piatti collected his first assist in MLS. Piatta has started five consecutive matches, playing the full 90 minutes in the last three, since his arrival from Argentina’s San Lorezno.
  • Felipe Martins recorded an assist for a third consecutive game and now has six assists on the season. But he will miss the Revolution through suspension; he has missed just one game all season (the June 25 scoreless draw at Vancouver).
  • Karl W. Ouimette played with a heavy heart, following the death of his sister Julie, who passed away after a 12-year battle with leukemia early last week. Ouimette came on at the hour mark in place of Hassoun Camara, who suffered an elbow injury.
  • “We wanted to get him in, but probably not as early as that,” Klopas said. “That was it. So there was a lot of emotion in the game. But look, the one thing with our team, we are where we are but we've got to keep fighting until the end.”
  • Said Ouimette: “It was great for Marco to come and see me [after scoring his goal], and everybody on the team gave me support before the game. I just came back, so it was the first time I saw them since my sister passed away. It was great to have the guys show they're there for me and have my back. It's a big gesture for my sister. The one that was most difficult was the minute of silence before the game. I was away, I'd been thinking about other things, trying to get past these emotions. It's hard not to have my sister next to me.”
  • There was another change in the Impact back four at halftime when Wandrille Lefevre came on in place of Matteo Ferrari when the latter suffered a hamstring injury.