The Montreal Impact will take on the Columbus Crew for the third time this season, on Saturday evening, and looking to rebound from being knocked out of the Amway Canadian Championship. The last meeting between the two teams came in early May, a wild match that ended up finishing 4-4. The lineups on Saturday night will look very different with both teams suffering a number of injuries. The Crew no longer have Impact killer Kei Kamara after he was traded to the New England Revolution.
As announced by the Columbus Crew earlier this afternoon Frederico Higuain will be out 6-8 weeks with a sports hernia. It is also anticipated that the Crew will also be without Mohammed Saeid, Ola Kamara, and Conor Casey. The Impact will also be without a slew of players including: Donny Toia, Calum Mallace, and Ignacio Piatti. Laurent Ciman is still with team Belgium in France at Euro 2016. The good news for the Impact is that the majority of these players should all be ready to play in the game on June 25th against Sporting KC.
Mount Royal Soccer has once again turned towards our friends at Massive Report to get some perspective on the upcoming matchup.
1. Will the recent break in MLS help or hinder the Columbus Crew going into the game Saturday night against the Impact?
2. The last time these two teams met the game ended in a crazy 4-4 draw. It also featured the the on-field dispute between Kamara and Higuain. Was Kamara leaving Columbus inevitable after that incident?
3. Kamara has terrorized the Impact over the last season. Now that he has left, who do the Impact need to watch out for?