MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact 

Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, August 29 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 4/5 – Draw 11/4 – Orlando City 16/5

Match Preview

Toronto host Montreal Impact on Saturday evening with both sides working hard for a playoff place in the Eastern Conference as the two go head-to-head in the latest 401 Derby clash as part of Heineken Rivalry Week in MLS.

Toronto are sitting fourth in the East on 34 points and come into the game off the back of their 5-0 thumping over Orlando City.

Greg Vanney will be pleased that his side got back on form with that impressive result after losing their previous two games. Toronto cannot afford to give away silly points, they are 12 points ahead of bottom side Chicago Fire but any side from seventh down still have a chance of making the playoffs.

Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore have been in brilliant form this season and have proved to be very difficult for opposition sides to keep out. Having netted 26 of Toronto’s 42 regular season goals between them, they will be feeling confident heading into this one against a Montreal side that has conceded 32 times this year.

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Montreal Impact’s last regular season game was their second successive defeat by a 1-0 scoreline. Frank Klopas will be disappointed with his side’s recent form as they have now failed to win in their last three games.

They are sitting in sixth place with 28 points and are more than capable of finishing in a playoff spot. Klopas will be hoping new signing Didier Drogba will impress and he could in line for his first start. The 37-year-old powerhouse’s addition should have given the squad a lift and his leadership qualities on and off the field will no doubt be a great help.

Montreal are yet to win in Toronto since they joined MLS, losing five and drawing four of the nine meetings between the sides at BMO Field. They know this weekend’s tie will be a real test.

Impact have struggled on the road this season, having won just two of their ten away games, they lost the earlier meeting in the campaign 3-1 and will be looking to finally put their winless run at BMO Field to an end.

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Team News

Toronto FC will are still without Mark Bloom, as he is out for the season. Damien Perquis and Luke Moore are both doubtful. Nick Hagglund is one booking away from suspension.

Montreal Impact have four injury concerns. Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper and Hassoun Camara are out, while Ignacio Piatti is a doubt. Laurent Ciman and Marco Donadel are both one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five in MLS: D/L/W/L/L

Montreal Impact’s last five in MLS: L/W/L/D/L

Key Stat: Montreal have conceded at least two goals in their last five regular season away ties.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – You cannot overlook the Italian. He has had a brilliant debut season and has caused opposition defences chaos. His 17 goals in 24 games make him the player to watch in this one and Toronto are a force when he is in this kind of form.

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Score Prediction

Toronto FC 2-1 Montreal Impact – Toronto to prove just too much for the Impact and win their second game on the bounce, taking another 401 Derby win with them.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, June 13 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: New York City 5/4 – Draw 23/10 – Montreal Impact 11/5

Match Preview

New York City FC take on Montreal Impact on Saturday evening with both sides coming into this one off the back of wins.

NYCFC won their first Major League Soccer tie in 11 attempts away at Philadelphia Union last weekend and they have to build on that positive result.

Jason Kreis will be desperate for his side to find their first home win in six as they are still sitting bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Patrick Mullins netted the dramatic late winner last weekend and has the same number of goals, three, as David Villa this season.

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Montreal Impact have won four of their last five and won their last two on the bounce. They beat Columbus Crew away last weekend and will feel they have a good chance of making it three wins from three in this tie.

Impact have continued to close the gap for a playoff spot and are now just two points off sixth place. A win here could see them finish the weekend in the top six.

Frank Klopas still has an injury hit squad but his players showed their desire to win last weekend with their backs against the wall.

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Montreal’s win last weekend was their first away victory in 21 attempts. They need to make sure they do not go on another run like that if they want to continue their improvement as they are now one of the inform sides in MLS.

Team News

George John, Tony Taylor, Josh Williams, Javier Calle, Khiry Shelton and Connor Brandt are all out for NYCFC. Mix Diskerud could return but played and scored in the USMNT win over Germany on Wednesday and Adam Nemec is still on international duty.

Montreal Impact’s injury woes are looking a little better but eight players could still miss out. Justin Mapp, Adrian Lopez, Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper are set to be unavailable, while Dominic Oduro, Hassoun Camara, Eric Miller and Dilly Duka are doubts. Ambroise Oyongo and Maxim Tissot are both away on international duty while Marco Donadel will also miss out as he is suspended.

Key Points

New York City FC’s last five: L/D/L/D/W

Montreal Impact’s last five: W/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: New York have failed to win in their last six home Major League Soccer outings.

Key Player: Patrick Mullins – The forward’s confidence will be sky high after his winner last weekend and he will be looking to give the home fans something to cheer about.

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Score Prediction

New York City FC 1-1 Montreal Impact – The sides to share the points, NYCFC to continue their poor run of home form and Impact to build steadily on their first away win of the season.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs. Montreal Impact 

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Saturday, June 6 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: Columbus 8/11 – Draw 14/5 – Montreal Impact 7/2

Match Preview

Columbus Crew entertain Montreal Impact on Saturday evening as they look to bounce back from their midweek defeat.

Crew’s loss to Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night leaves Gregg Berhalter‘s side without a win in their last four games.

Their last win came against Seattle Sounders and they are going to need to pick things up to avoid their winless streak becoming a problem.

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Crew have seen their best form of the season come at the MAPFRE Stadium and they haven’t been beaten at home in four games.

Montreal Impact come into the game after their impressive 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday evening.

The Impact have now won three of their last four games and Frank Klopas‘ side are four points off the playoffs having played four games less than Philadelphia Union in sixth.

Klopas has a real problem with numbers as his injury list is the worst in Major League Soccer at the moment.

Jack McInerney scored in midweek and he will be hoping to add to his season tally of three as the pressure is on the available Impact players to perform under the strain of the injury problems.

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Team News

Columbus Crew have three injury concerns as Wil Trapp, Matt Lampson and Chris Klute are sidelined. Michael Parkhurst is available again after his missing out against Philadelphia through suspension.

Montreal Impact’s injury woes continue with up to ten players out. Justin Mapp, Adrian Lopez, Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper, Dominic Oduro, Hassoun Camara, Victor Cabrera and Eric Miller all expected to miss out. Dilly Duka and Andres Romero are doubtful and Ambroise Oyongo is away on international duty with Cameroon. Marco Donadel desperately needs to avoid getting booked and picking up a suspension as Klopas already has enough to worry about with his selection.

 Key Points

Columbus Crew’s last five: W/L/D/D/L

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have failed to win in any of their last 21 away games and they haven’t beaten Columbus Crew in their last five attempts in all competitions.

Key Player: Kei Kamara – Crew missed his presence in the midweek game, which was already lost by the time he entered the frame. He will be hoping to show how valuable he is to his side this weekend.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 2-1 Impact Montreal – The Crew to put their winless streak to an end with the Impact still struggling to win away from home in a game neither side can really afford to lose.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Real Salt Lake

Venue: Stade Saputo – Saturday, May 16th – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: Montreal 11/8 – Draw 11/5 – Real Salt Lake 2/1

Match Preview

Montreal Impact host Real Salt Lake in the first of Saturday’s fixtures live on Sky Sports in what is a big game for both clubs.

The Impact have only played five games so far this season as their incredible CONCACAF Champions League adventure saw them sit out of domestic action through some of the opening weekends, but they are now fully focused on MLS, and need to start picking up points.

Montreal have not won a game yet this season, and their winless streak in MLS is now at ten, stretching back to last season too. Frank Klopas needs to rally his side to try and reproduce the performances they showed in the Champions League if they are to start climbing the Eastern Conference.

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They come into the game off the back of Wednesday night’s Canadian Championship game against Toronto FC, in which they lost 3-2 on the night but advanced to the final 3-3 on aggregate, thanks to the away goals rule.

And away goals are what they will be hoping to prevent when RSL arrive at Stade Saputo on Saturday. The Western Conference outfit currently sit 7th and need to start climbing the table if they are to make the playoffs.

Real Salt Lake had gone on a run of five games without a win but ended that with victory in Chicago last week, as Jeff Cassar’s return to a 4-4-2 system seems to have paid off.

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RSL have only scored three times in their five away games this season but have picked up more points on their travels and will hope to win back-to-back games for the second time this season.

These two have only met three times previously, with the home side victorious in each of those. Real Salt Lake won last year’s clash 3-1 but the Impact won the only meeting in Montreal 3-2 in 2013.

Team News

Montreal have seven injury concerns at this early stage of the season – more than any other side, as Adrian Lopez, Justin Mapp, Maxime Crepeau and Cameron Porter are all definitely out. While Donny Toia, Hassoun Camara, Victor Cabrera all remain doubtful. Kenny Cooper picked up a knock on Wednesday night and is also unlikely to play. Frank Klopas will hope fatigue doesn’t affect his players and could give Dominic Oduro a start after he scored in their last two games.

Real Salt Lake boss Jeff Cassar still can’t call on Joao Plata or Chris Schuler as they both remain sidelined, while concerns hang over key man Javier Morales and Sebastian Jaime. Morales has not been in training at times this week and could miss out with concussion. Midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Luke Mulholland are one booking away from suspension and need to remain disciplined. Jordan Allen will not be available as he has travelled with the US U20 squad for the upcoming World Cup.

Key Points

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/D/D/L/L

Real Salt Lake’s last five: L/L/D/D/W

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have not won in their last ten MLS games and need to end that run quickly.

Key Player: Alvaro Saborio – The Costa Rican striker ended a 509-minute wait for a RSL player to find the net last weekend with his second of the season. Expect him to be a real threat to the Impact defence.

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Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 0-2 Real Salt Lake – Expecting Nick Rimando to keep his fifth clean sheet of the year in this one as the Impact may struggle after Wednesday night’s trip to Toronto. Injuries have weakened the Canadian side and RSL will look to capitalise as they look to extend their unbeaten run to four.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Portland Timbers 

Venue: Stade Saputo – Saturday, May 9 – 16:00 ET (21:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Montreal Impact 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – Portland Timbers 9/5

Match Preview

This weekend marks the return of Montreal Impact in MLS action as they host Portland Timbers on Saturday afternoon.

The Impact have played just four MLS games so far this season and as a result are at the foot of the Eastern Conference after drawing two and losing two.

They have however had a great run in the CONCACAF Champions League, which ended with a bitterly disappointing final loss, but has given them plenty of positives ahead of their return to domestic action.

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Montreal must start to pick up points now and have a chance against a Portland Timbers side who are sitting eighth in the Western Conference without a win in two.

The Timbers come into the game off the back of a 0-0 draw against Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps last week, which isn’t a bad result considering the Whitecaps’ start to the season, and they will know this won’t be an easy tie.

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Caleb Porter’s side may have the psychological advantage as they beat the Impact in last season’s fixture.

With a lot riding on a positive result for either side this could be a surprisingly entertaining clash in this weekend’s fixtures.

Team News

Montreal Impact have five injury concerns as Adrian Lopez, Justin Mapp, Maxime Crepeau, Cameron Porter and Donny Toia are all set to miss out. Frank Klopas will be hoping Nigel Reo-Coker can show his value to the side and anchor the midfield as the Impact look to start making up the four point gap Philadelphia Union currently have after playing six games more.

Portland Timbers are expected to have four players sidelined as Ben Zemanski, Dairon Asprilla, Will Johnson and Michael Nanchoff are all struggling with injuries. Alvas Powell is one caution away from a suspension. Fanendo Adi is the Timbers leading goalscorer but he hasn’t scored in his last five, thought Portland are boosted by the return of Diego Valeri, who came on last week.

Key Points

Montreal Impact’s form: L/D/D/L

Portland Timbers form: W/L/W/L/D

Key Stat: Montreal Impact haven’t played an MLS game since April 12 and need to get back into the swing of things quickly.

Key Player: Fanendo Adi – This is a good chance for the Timbers forward to find his form in front of goal once again.

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Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 1-1 Portland Timbers – A tight affair expected with little to separate the sides. The Impact need to pick up points but may have to settle for a draw against a Timbers side searching for improvement themselves.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 21 – 15:00 ET (19:00 GMT )

Match Odds: New England Revolution 17/20 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal Impact 16/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution host Montreal Impact at the Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening in their first MLS home game of the 2015 campaign.

The Revs have had a poor start to the season with two defeats from two games, and they find themselves rooted to the foot of the Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings.

Montreal Impact have only played one MLS game so far and that ended in a 1-0 defeat away at DC United on March 7, however they are in with a great chance of reaching the CONCACAF Champions League final after a 2-0 semifinal first-leg win over Alajuelense on Wednesday thanks to goals from Ignacio Piatti and Victor Cabrera.

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The strong form the Impact have shown in that competition will fill them with confidence and they will be hoping to pounce on New England’s slow start on Saturday night.

Frank Klopas has only had two days to recover and prepare his Montreal side following their midweek victory, and a trip to New England could take its toll, so he will be hoping fatigue doesn’t affect their performance on the day.

New England have failed to score in their opening two games for the second consecutive season and they’re experiencing a case of déjà vu as their stats read as played two, lost two, scored none, conceded five – the exact same situation they were in one year ago.

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Although it’s obviously a major disappointment for head coach Jay Heaps, he knows how much quality the Revs have in their squad and will point to last season as an example of what can be achieved despite being slow out of the blocks.

The absence of Jermaine Jones has been a clear problem, but once he returns they will be fully confident of turning it around in the long term. In the short term, this game presents the perfect opportunity to kick-start the 2015 campaign.

The head-to-head record between these two Eastern Conference sides in MLS is very tight with New England coming out on top in three of the previous eight encounters compared to Montreal’s four victories, while the most recent clash ended in a 2-2 draw back in October 2014.

Team News

New England Revolution’s defensive mainstay Jose Goncalves will miss the game through suspension following his red card against New York City last time out. The Revs are still without the injured Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury is also a doubt as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Defenders Kevin Alston (hamstring) and Donnie Smith (groin) are both unavailable.

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Montreal impact will be without midfielder Andres Romero and defender Adrian Lopez. Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau is unavailable due to a shoulder problem and Justin Mapp remains a long term absentee with an elbow injury.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: L/L

Montreal Impact’s form: L

Key Stat: New England Revolution failed to score in the opening three games of the 2014 season and history is on course to repeat itself unless they can pull themselves together here.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – He is the playmaker for the Revs and he really hasn’t got going yet. If he can start performing to the best of his ability then the results will come.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Montreal Impact – Both sides will desperate for their first point of the new season and we could see a tightly contested affair.

MLS 2015 Season Preview: Montreal Impact

As the 2015 season beckons, we’ll have a new MLS 2015 Season Preview up everyday. Today we take a look at what the Montreal Impact will be looking to achieve this year.

The 2015 season will be Montreal Impact‘s fourth year competing in Major League Soccer after joining from the NASL for their first taste of MLS in 2012. Montreal Impact fans won’t need reminding how poor they were last season. They were statistically the worst team, racking up just 28 points and finishing bottom of both the Eastern Conference and the Supporters’ Shield standings. So 2014 is a year they’ll want to forget quickly, but head coach Frank Klopas and his side can certainly use it as a learning curve for future developments.

Last season’s finish: Eastern Conference position: 10th – P34 – W6 – D10 – L18

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What needs to change this year?

It’s as obvious as it gets, but they need to stop losing so many games. Only Chivas USA suffered more defeats in 2014 and the defensive issues need addressing urgently. They will be hoping to replicate the 2013 campaign which saw them amass 49 points and qualify for the playoffs, but it’s going to take some serious hard work and plenty of hours on the training ground.

Key changes to the squad:

Ins: Kristian Nicht – Goalkeeper, Bakary Soumare Defender, Ambroise Oyongo Defender, Marco Donadel  Midfielder, Nigel Reo-Coker Midfielder, Eric Alexander Midfielder, Dominic Oduro Forward, Laurent Ciman – Defender, Donny Toia – Defender, Eric Kronberg – Goalkeeper, Victor Cabrera – Defender

Outs: Troy Perkins – Goalkeeper, Matteo Ferrari – Defender, Krzysztof Krol – Defender, Felipe Martins – Midfielder, Marco Di Vaio – Forward, Issey Nakajima-Farran – Midfielder

Key player: Eric Alexander – Midfielder

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Acquiring the services of Eric Alexander from the New York Red Bulls is fantastic news for Montreal Impact. He was a key player at the heart of the Red Bulls midfield in 2014 and helped them to an MLS Cup Conference Final. A player of his quality arriving can give the whole camp a boost in morale as well as improve the performances of the team on the pitch.

One to watch: Ignacio Piatti – Midfielder

Ignacio Piatti is currently Montreal’s only Designated Player. The Argentinian arrived in August 2014, but only featured six times before limping off injured in September against San Jose Earthquakes. It transpired that Piatti was suffering from tendinitis in his left knee and required surgery, ruling him out for the rest of the season. He managed to notch four goals in his six appearances and could be crucial to the Impact in his 2015 return.

Predicted finish: Eastern Conference – 10th

Unfortunately for Montreal, other teams are attracting big name players and building some formidable squads. Despite some shrewd offseason business, their squad simply doesn’t have the quality, nor strength in depth to be able to compete for a playoff position. It’s a harsh reality, but anything other than last place would probably be seen as a success this year.

How will Montreal Impact fare in 2015?