A sellout crowd is expected at 20,341-seat Saputo Stadium for D.C. United’s visit to Montreal for perhaps the Impact’s biggest match of the summer. The home side is running out of fixtures (four more than Columbus, three more than United, two more than Houston and Chicago) to stay in the running for an MLS playoff berth.
The Impact has won five straight at home, which, according to Elias Sports Bureau, is the most by an expansion club since the defunct Miami Fusion won six straight at Lockhart Stadium in 1998.
United has lost four straight and five of six away.
Reminder: No standard TV coverage today. Direct Kick (cable/satellite pay service) and MLS Live (mobile) only.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET.
DCU: Hamid; Korb, Dudar, McDonald, Chabala; Najar, Kitchen, Saragosa, Neal; De Rosario, Pajoy. Subs: Willis, Jakovic, Boskovic, Pontius, Tan, Wolff, Salihi.
UPDATE: DeRo has been scratched from the starting lineup. Tan is in. DeRo is warming up with the reserves. Full explanation later.
Pontius is being rested, at the start anyway. (United plays New York on Wednesday; Pontius has five goals in two matches against the Red Bulls.) DeLeon fell ill and remained at the hotel, causing lineup changes. Najar would’ve started at right back again.
MON: Perkins; Iapichino, Nesta, Ferrari, Brovsky; Warner, Bernier; Neagle, Felipe, Arnaud; Di Vaio. Subs: Bush, Thomas, Ouimette, Nyassi, Ubiparipovic, Gardner, Wenger.
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