The Montreal Impact will be squaring off against the Columbus Crew for the second time this season on Saturday evening. When the two teams met back in April at Olympic Stadium, the Impact came away with a 2-0 victory; thanks to goals from Hassoun Camara and Kyle Bekker. With the Crew still looking to find their stride in MLS this season and the Impact going through some injury troubles at the moment, three points on Saturday could act as a turning point going into May.
Mount Royal Soccer has turned towards our friends at Massive Report to get some perspective from the other side.
1. This will be the second time these two teams meet in 2016. Are the Crew in a better place than they were back in early April?
They are in a better place, but not a good place. That 2-0 loss in Montreal was the end of a rough stretch of games where Crew SC played four of its first five games on the road, and against good teams. The team followed that up with two wins at home before last weekend's 1-0 loss at the Seattle Sounders. The Black & Gold weren't happy to lose last week's game at the death and were disappointed with their second half performance. I believe they will be fired up for this game.
With that said, I'm not sure what that means for the club right now. It obviously hasn't been the start fans in town thought for the Eastern Conference champs. So far, the offense is in a big rut. Chances are being created, but finishing is an issue. Fans thought that was done after a 3-2 win over New York City FC, but two games with a one goal between them since then have proven that to be false.
2. The Crew have a much better record at home than on the road. What is the difference between how this team shapes up at Mapfre Stadium as opposed to when they play on the road?
3. If you had to select one key to the game for the Crew beating the Impact this weekend what would it be?