Preview: D.C. United at Montreal Impact

August 16, 2013
D.C. United at Montreal Impact

Where: Saputo Stadium.

When: 7 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNet.

Records: United 3-16-4, 13 points; Impact 10-7-5, 35.

D.C. probable starters: GK Bill Hamid; Ds Chris Korb, Dejan Jakovic, Daniel Woolard, James Riley; MFs Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, John Thorrington, Kyle Porter; Fs Dwayne De Rosario, Conor Doyle.

Montreal probable starters: GK Troy Perkins; Ds Jeb Brovsky, Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Karl Ouimette; MFs Andrea Pisanu, Daniele Paponi, Patrice Bernier, Collen Warner, Sanna Nyassi; F Marco Di Vaio.

Outlook: United’s quest for a first regular season road victory after eight defeats and three draws continues in Quebec against the playoff-contending Impact. United has been outscored 18-2 in those 11 matches and shut out nine times, including a 2-0 setback at Philadelphia last weekend. Montreal, which dropped a 3-1 decision to United two weeks ago at RFK Stadium, is 7-1-3 at home. Dennis Iapichino, a left back waived by the Impact last week, signed with United and is available to face his former club. Six injured United players are unavailable: MF Chris Pontius, F Lionard Pajoy, F Casey Townsend, MF-D Taylor Kemp, MF Sainey Nyassi and MF Marcelo Saragosa. MF Luis Silva, who missed the previous match with a head injury, returned to training this week and is listed as questionable. He has scored in each of his three league appearances since being acquired from Toronto FC. With a yellow card, Kitchen would miss next week’s home game against Toronto. Di Vaio is third in MLS with 11 goals but has not scored in six weeks. Neither team has performed well at the beginning of matches: United has conceded 16 goals in the first 30 minutes, the Impact 14.

— Steven Goff

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