Montreal Impact – Houston Dynamo
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 8pm (ET)
TV: TSN, RDS2
Radio: CJAD 800
Mobile: illico mobile
MONTREAL, Quebec – The Montreal Impact (8-3-2) is set to bounce back from its first loss in four games as it hosts the Houston Dynamo (6-4-4) at Stade Saputo this Wednesday, at 8pm (ET). The game will be broadcast live on TSN and RDS2 and you can get live updates using the Impact mobile app or by following @impactmontreal on twitter.
The Impact sits in first place in the Eastern Conference standings; having earned 26 points from 13 games played - one point ahead of the New York Red Bulls with three games in hand.
This will be the Canadian champions’ first game at home since winning the Voyageurs Cup on May 29 against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, at BC Place.
Excellent tickets are still available for Saturday’s game:
Admission Network: 1-855-790-1245 - 9am-8pm (but until 2pm on Wednesday)
Montreal Impact: 514-328-3668 - 9am-5pm
In person: Stade Saputo - starting at 9am
Online: admission.com - until 2pm on Wednesday
This is the first of three regular season games between these teams in 2013. Last year, the Impact won 4-2 in Montreal on June 23, lost 3-0 on July 21 in Houston, and tied 1-1 on October 6 in Texas.
Preview: Justin Mapp
The Impact lost for just the third time this season on Saturday, falling 2-0 to the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium. However, the Impact is the only undefeated team at home in the Eastern Conference with five wins and one tie and leads its conference with 14 goals at home.
After serving automatic one-game suspension in Columbus, Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum and defender Alessandro Nesta will return Wednesday which bodes well for the home side as the Impact is undefeated in regular season action when Nesta starts a game (6-0-1).
Impact captain Davy Arnaud has returned to full training with the team this week after missing over 40 days due to a concussion.
Midfielder Sanna Nyassi will be available for Wednesday’s game after playing two World Cup qualifying games with the Gambian men’s national team. Nyassi played all 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss against Ivory Coast on June 8 in Bakau, Gambia, and 59 minutes in a 2-0 loss against Morocco in Marrakesh on June 15.
The Houston Dynamo is coming off of a two-week break but managed a 1-1 draw in its last MLS regular season matchup with the Columbus Crew back on June 1.
The Dynamo are winless in four games (0-2-2), but did manage to earn points in their last two consecutive road games and are 2-2-3 overall on the road in regular season action.
Two key players Brad Davis (USA) and Boniek Garcia (Honduras) will miss the game due to international duty.
Forward Will Bruin is having a solid season, having scored four goals and adding four assists so far to lead his team, while English midfielder Giles Barnes is tied with Bruin in goals,
The Impact will play its next game at home on Saturday, June 29 against the Colorado Rapids at 7pm (ET).
Meanwhile, the Impact U21 team will play an international friendly at Stade Saputo this Saturday, June 22, at 7:30pm, against the Haitian national team.