Preview: D.C. United at the Montreal Impact
D.C. United visits Montreal tonight to take on the Impact for the second time this season (&:00 p.m. ET; CSN). Montreal is currently 4th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 10-7-5. United, with a record of 3-16-4 is at the bottom of the conference, but has been finding its rhythm as of late.
Last time the sides met, DCU found the net three times to Montreal’s lone goal. Luis Silva struck first, followed by Conor Doyle’s game-winner and a Jared Jeffrey finish. D.C. United began to hit its offensive stride that match, taking 18 cracks at goal, while Montreal only had eight attempts. Black-and-Red defender Dejan Jakovic shut down Marco DiVaio, who is currently the third leading goal scorer in MLS.
“In the Montreal game and the Chicago game, he was a stud and was part of why we won those two games,” said Head Coach Ben Olsen. “When Dejan is on the field, we’re a better team.”
Montreal has only won one of its last eight matches, most recently falling to the Chicago Fire 2-1. After goals from the Fire’s Joel Lindpere and Dilly Duka, Montreal midfielder Felipe Martins found the net in the 57th minute to get the Impact on the scoreboard.
Although D.C. United last fell to the Union at PPL Park, the Black-and-Red have found success in the U.S. Open Cup. After beating Montreal at home 3-1, DCU returned to Chicago for the semifinals of the Open Cup. Dwyane De Rosario and Nick DeLeon tallied for United and helped the squad advance to the finals. Entering their third game in eight days, DCU let the younger players showcase their abilities, starting the youngest starting eleven in United’s history.
“It should be the same mindset: getting better now and getting ready for a big game but also moving this team forward and getting guys experience while still developing a team that can compete and win each weekend,” said Olsen.
D.C United return home next weekend to take on Toronto FC on August 24th at 7p p.m. Get your tickets here.