May 4, 2018 / 1:03 AM / 18 days ago

New England looks to stay hot against Montreal

Road wins are usually tough to come by in Major League Soccer, but the New England Revolution have ample reason for optimism heading into Saturday’s matchup with the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo.

The Revolution (4-2-2) are coming off a confidence-boosting, 1-0 home win over Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium, snapping SKC’s seven-game unbeaten streak.

The Impact (2-6-0), meanwhile, are mired in a four-game losing skid, surrendering 16 goals over the stretch.

Then again, if Montreal can keep 11 on the field for 90 minutes and avoid surrendering yet another costly penalty, maybe it has a shot.

“They’ve lost four in a row, but they are dangerous team,” Revs coach Brad Friedel said this week. “A lot of the bulk minutes in the games they have lost they haven’t been the second-best team, so it won’t be an easy game and it’s gonna be away from home.”

The Revs have owned the rivalry, having won their last five games against Montreal by a combined 14-3.

New England’s Teal Bunbury scored his fourth goal of the season against Sporting Kansas City, and the Revs stymied a potent offense that produced 20 goals in its first eight games. As a result, Revs defender Claude Dielna was named to the MLS Team of the Week.

Montreal has enjoyed little such success, struggling to stop anyone or get out of its own way.

The Impact, led by Ignacio Piatti’s four goals this season, lost 4-0 to the Revs on April 6 at Gillette Stadium, playing with 10 men over the final 77 minutes.

Last week, the Impact allowed four goals in the final 20 minutes against energized Atlanta United in a 4-1 road defeat. The Impact also finished with 10 men in a 5-3 loss to expansion Los Angeles FC the previous week. Montreal has allowed four goals in the second half in back-to-back games.

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