The Montreal Impact return home to Stade Saputo on Saturday evening to face off against playoff rivals, the Chicago Fire. The team from the windy-city are only one point behind the Impact in the race for the final playoff position. Montreal currently sit in 7th-place in the Eastern Conference, while the Fire are in 9th-place. The Impact have three games in hand on the Fire. Both teams will be without big names, as many players are busy with their national teams (See below). The game kicks-off at 8:00pm at Stade Saputo.
- Chicago won the one and only meeting between these two teams back on May 30, 3-0 at Toyota Park. Marco Donadel saw two yellow cards and was sent off before the 40th-minute that evening.
- The Chicago Fire have never won in Montreal with the Impact winning twice and two matches ending in draws.
- Saturday night will mark Mauro Biello's first game in charge of the Impact since the firing of Frank Klopas.
- The Chicago Fire are coming off 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC last weekend with David Accam scoring the lone goal for the Fire in Florida.
- The Impact have given up one goal in their last three regular season matches, while only scoring one.
- Didier Drogba, Ignacio Piatti and Hausson Camara are set to return to the lineup for the Impact. Victor Cabrera is suspended for the game after MLS reviewed a foul he committed last weekend in Toronto.
- Laurent Ciman (Belgium), Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroon), Johan Venegas (Costa Rica), Kyle Bekker (Canada), and Maxime Crépeau (Canada) are on International duty for the Impact. David Accam (Ghana), Daniel Cyrus (Trinidad & Tobago), and Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago) will miss out for the Fire.
- The last home win for the Impact came on July 25 against the Seattle Sounders. Laurent Ciman scored the lone goal in that match in the 88th-minute.
- Silviu Petrescu will referee for the match. The Canadian official recently sent off Victor Cabrera in the final of the Canadian Championship.
Where to Watch?
Stade Saputo could see it's second straight sellout with only a few tickets left. The game will not be available in Montreal on TV, however can be heard on 98.5FM or TSN 690. In Chicago CSN-CHI will be broadcasting the match. Doors at Stade Saputo doors will open at 6:00pm, and supporters are reminded to come early due to the One Direction concert happening next door at the Olympic Stadium.