Preview: Impact travels to Houston to take on Dynamo in a must-win game on Saturday
Houston Dynamo – Montreal Impact
Saturday, October 6, 8:30pm (ET)
BBVA Compass Stadium
Broadcast: TVA Sports
Also available on: illico web, illico mobile and MLS Live
MONTREAL, Quebec – With just three games left in the regular season, the Montreal Impact (12-15-4) looks to stay alive in the playoff race this Saturday at 8:30pm (ET) as it visits the Houston Dynamo, at BBVA Compass Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on TVA Sports and is available on illico web, illico mobile and MLS Live.
The Impact currently sits in 7th spot with 40 points, nine points away from the Dynamo and the final playoff berth. The Dynamo has not lost a single game at home going 10-0-5 while the Impact will be looking for its third win on the road.
This will be the third and final matchup of the season between these two clubs. The Impact beat Houston 4-2 on June 23 at Stade Saputo, with goals coming from captain Davy Arnaud (4G, 3A), midfielder Sanna Nyassi (5G, 3A), Hassoun Camara (1G, 2A) and midfielder Patrice Bernier (9G, 8A). In the second game, the Impact fell to the Dynamo 3-0 in Texas.
Preview vs HOU: Jesse Marsch
The Impact is coming off of a 0-0 draw under wet conditions on Saturday, September 22 as hosts the Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City at Stade Saputo. Goalkeeper Troy Perkins earned his third shutout in six games with the Impact.
On the road, the Impact has lost two in a row, falling 2-1 to the Crew in Columbus on September 1 before leaving Chicago with a 3-1 defeat to the Fire on September 15.
Midfielder Collen Warner will not be available for the game as he is serving a mandatory one-game suspension due to yellow card accumulation.
Defender Jeb Brovsky’s next game will be his 50th in Major League Soccer.
Defender Nelson Rivas will not be available for the last three games of the season due to surgery on his left knee.
Injury Report : OUT - GK Greg Sutton (eye bruise); DF Nelson Rivas (L knee surgery); FW Bernardo Corradi (L knee ACL tear)
Houston Dynamo news
The Dynamo is coming off a very busy month as it played five regular season games as well as two CONCACAF Champions League games, going 2-2-1 in MLS action in September.
In its last game, Houston topped the New England Revolution 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium, earning its second consecutive win at home, while not allowing a goal against in both matches. Head coach Dominic Kinnear changed formations for this one, going back to a 4-4-2 traditional setup to help the club capitalize on its crossing and finishing abilities, scoring both goals late in the game coming from wide play.
Tally Hall is one of the league’s top goalkeepers. He sits in second place in the league with 12 shutouts, fourth with 2,766 minutes played, fifth with a 1.20 Goals against average for starting keepers and sixth in wins with 13.
Forward Will Bruin is having an excellent second season in MLS, leading the team in scoring with 11 goals in 30 games played for Houston. Last year’s Rookie of the Year nominee has also recorded four assists in 2012 and has played 2,348 minutes, leading the team in shots and shots on goal.
Injury Report: OUT - MF Brad Davis (L calf strain); PROBABLE: MF Giles Barnes (R quad strain)
The Impact will have another two-week break from regular season action before it plays its next match on October 20, against Toronto FC, at BMO Field, at 1:30pm (ET). The game will be broadcast live on TSN/RDS and will be available on illico web.
The Impact will then make its way back home to Stade Saputo to play its final game of the season against the New England Revolution, on October 27, at 2pm (ET). Individual tickets are available via admission.com or by calling 1-855-790-1245.
Priority list for the Montreal Impact's 2013 season tickets is now available with a $50 deposit by contacting the sales team at 514-328-3668. It is also possible to renew your season tickets for 2013 by contacting the club before October 19, 2012. Also, follow the Impact by downloading the club’s new mobile app powered by Videotron and available free for Android and iOS.
- Defender Jeb Brovsky is just 34 minutes away from 2,000 minutes played this season, while midfielder Patrice Bernier is just 76 minutes shy of the 2,000 mark.
- Felipe (2,652), Davy Arnaud (2,495) and Collen Warner (2,254) have all played more than 2,000 minutes this season.
- Bernier leads the league with six PK goals, two more than Chris Wondolowski of San Jose . Furthermore, no team has scored more than five penalty kick goals (San Jose, Houston & Philadelphia) this season.
- Forward Andrew Wenger has started four games for the Impact this season and he has scored in three of them. The rookie started and scored @ Colorado (12/05/26), vs Seattle (12/06/16) and most recently vs Philadelphia (12/04/08).
- Midfielder Felipe leads the team with 10 assists.