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New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact | 2017 MLS Match Preview

 New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact
2017 MLS Match Preview
Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, Ma.
Saturday, September 9 – 7:30 p.m. ET
WATCH: TVA Sports, MLS LIVE in the US

Coming off a pair of losses against two of the Eastern Conference's top three sides, the Montreal Impact have a chance to distance themselves from another playoff chaser when they visit the New England Revolution on Saturday.

The Impact saw a four-match winning streak disrupted by consecutive home losses to Supporters' Shield leaders Toronto and third-place Chicago. But they could still move back above the playoff line – at least temporarily – with even one point against the Revs.

Meanwhile, hat trick hero Kei Kamara and the New England proved in its 4-0 win over Orlando last weekend that it is still capable of the occasional offensive eruption at home, even while they remain winless on the road into the season's penultimate month.

Another such rousing performance at Foxboro would see the Revs move to within a point of the Impact, who begin Week 27 behind Atlanta United for the sixth and final East playoff spot on goal difference.

New England Revolution

  • Suspended: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: M - Kelyn Rowe (right knee sprain, out 6-8 weeks), QUESTIONABLE: M Diego Fagundez (right quad strain), M Lee Nguyen (right hamstring strain)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, left-to-right)
GK: Cody Cropper – Chris Tierney, Claude Dielna, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell  – Scott Caldwell, Gershon Koffie – Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury – Kei Kamara

Notes: Kamara's hat trick against Orlando, the first of his MLS career, was the 10th hat trick in Revolution history, and the first since Zack Schilawski scored one on April 10, 2010 vs. Toronto FC. …Krisztian Nemeth made his Revolution debut, coming on as a late substitute, and recorded an assist, his first in MLS since Aug. 29, 2015 when he was with Sporting KC.

Montreal Impact

  • Suspended: Deian Boldor (red card)
  • Int’l Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Ambroise Oyongo (right knee surgery)

Projected Starting XI
(4-3-3; left-to-right)
GK: Evan Bush – Daniel Lovitz, Hassoun Camara, Victor Cabrera, Chris Duvall – Patrice Bernier, Marco Donadel, Louis Beland-Goyette – Ignacio Piatti, Matteo Mancosu, Andres Romero

Notes: Montreal's Ignacio Piatti had his goalscoring streak snapped at five games against Chicago, two games shy of equaling the all-time MLS record. … Andres Romero made his first start of the season vs. Chicago, playing 66 minutes in the attack. Romero had come on as a substitute in each of the two previous matches.

All-Time Series

The Revs trail slightly in the overall series, but could even it with two victories against the Impact in the 2017 stretch run.

  • Overall: Revolution 5 wins (17 goal) … Impact 7 wins (20 goals) … Ties 2
  • At New England: Revolution 2 wins (7 goals) … Impact 3 wins (7 goals) … Ties 1


Referee: Armando Villareal
Assistant Referees: Mike Rottersman, Craig Lowry
Fourth Official: Apolinar Mariscal
Video Assistant Referee: Kevin Terry Jr.