Eastern Conference cellar dwellers D.C. United know time is running out on their bid to make the playoffs, so every point they can garner on the road is important.
The quest begins Saturday at the Montreal Impact as United (4-9-5, 17 points) seek their third win in the past five matches.
D.C. is 1-8-4 on the road this season and 2-18-5 in its past 25 league away games.
“Our road form over the past few months has been pretty good. We have grabbed a few points,” United coach Ben Olsen said. “We haven’t maximized the points we could get, given some of the positions we put ourselves in on the road.”
The good news for Olsen and his team is there are only four road matches among the 16 remaining games, D.C. played a top-heavy early schedule with away matches while awaiting the completion of Audi Field.
The Impact (9-13-1, 28 points) put together a five-game home winning streak until a 2-1 loss to East leader Atlanta last week.
“I think we could have done better with the result,” Montreal midfielder Saphir Taïder said. “In the end, we’re judged on the results. Zero points hurts because over the game, we were not that bad.”
Montreal, in the fifth playoff position, is 7-4-0 at Saputo Stadium.
“Certainly (Montreal) is never an easy place to play, but I think we’re up for it,” Olsen said.
D.C. forward Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in his fourth MLS game during a 2-1 win over Colorado last week. He is quickly forming a relationship up top with Luciano Acosta.
“I think it’s important that the two of us try and feed off each other because we know we, us two, can be the ones to win us games, especially when the games are tight,” Rooney said.
—Field Level Media