Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs Montreal Impact
Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, March 7th – 15:00 ET (20:00 GMT)
Match Odds: DC United 10/11 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal Impact 3/1
DC United host Montreal Impact on Saturday in the opening weekend of the new Major League Soccer season in a matchup that pits the top and bottom teams from the Eastern Conference in 2014 against each other.
Both sides have been active in recent weeks, both playing competitively in the CONCACAF Champions League and should come into the game raring to go.Embed from Getty Images
DCU will be without their talisman, Fabian Espindola for the clash as he is serving a six-game suspension in MLS. So the 2014 Eastern Conference winners will need to find goals from elsewhere.
DC United’s MLS home record in 2014: P17 – W11 – D4 – L2
Montreal come into the opening weekend in the better form out of the two after successfully moving past Pachuca into the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals on Tuesday night.Embed from Getty Images
Statistically the worst team in MLS last term, the Impact will need to display great signs of improvement if they are to turn the tide in the league.
Montreal Impact’s MLS away record in 2014: P17 – W0 – D5 – L12
DC United are far from their strongest going into the new season and anything can happen on the opening day, so Montreal will be in good spirits in what should be an entertaining affair.
DC United: Fabian Espindola (suspended), Markus Halsti (leg), Luis Silva (soft tissue damage), Eddie Johnson (heart condition) and Michael Seaton (knee) are all out.
Montreal Impact: Andres Romero misses the clash with a thigh injury.
DC United’s form: N/A
Montreal Impact’s form: N/A
Key Stat: Montreal failed to win a single game away from home in the 2014 MLS season.Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: Bill Hamid – The MLS Goalkeeper of the Year for 2014 was a huge part of why DC was so successful last campaign. Expect him to prove the difference once again at the weekend.
DC United 2-0 Montreal Impact – Can’t see any surprises here despite Montreal’s Champions League success in the week. DC should be winning this comfortably in front of their own fans.