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Match Preview: Impact vs Red Bulls

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MLS: New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Impact will be limping into Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening not having won a match since the victory against Toronto FC almost a month ago. An almost guaranteed playoff position is seemingly slipping away with the Impact now sitting in 5th place in the Eastern Conference with New England, D.C. United, and Orlando City right behind them.

On the other side, the Red Bulls are currently sitting in 3rd place in the East and have the opportunity to lock down an MLS playoff birth this evening. The Red Bulls have recently dropped late points, most recently against Toronto FC last weekend and will no doubt come out a more focused side against Montreal.

Whenever the Red Bulls take on the Impact there is a little extra rivalry with a couple of old faces from the inaugural Montreal Impact MLS side now with New York - Jesse Marsch and Felipe. The Red Bulls also have the MLS leading goal scorer in MLS, Bradley Wright-Phillips, who currently sits on 20 goals. Add into the mix the fact that Montreal have never won a league match at Red Bull arena and things do not look great for Montreal.

The Impact will need to regain their team focus and look to stabilize the back line if they want to take any points away from Red Bull Arena this weekend. With Donny Toia not making the trip to New York, there is a good chance Victor Cabrera will re-join the starting XI.

One thing is certain, if the Impact want to get even a point out of this one Drogba, Piatti and Ciman will need to perform better than they have over the last month.

Stay tuned to Mount Royal Soccer for post match coverage.