Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - It could be said that FC Dallas' and the
Montreal Impact's seasons have mirrored one another thus far.
After impressive starts to the MLS campaign saw both clubs top their
respective conferences, a string of results passed with neither side tasting
They will meet at the Stade Saputo on Saturday, with Dallas winless in its
last seven and Montreal winless in its last four.
Dallas enters the match without a goal in its last three outings as it
followed a scoreless draw with Chivas USA with a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles
Galaxy and a 3-0 home defeat to Real Salt Lake.
Despite the absence of an end product in the club's last outing, Fabian
Castillo was one of the few bright spots for FC Dallas. The young striker
caused Real Salt Lake a great deal of unpleasantness in defense but failed to
convert any of his scoring opportunities to cap an otherwise fine performance.
"I felt it was a very difficult game," Castillo said through a translator
after the match. "At the end, we lost three points at home. We got scored on
three times that we shouldn't have been scored on any of those plays and at
the end it doesn't matter how hard you work and the performance that you have
on the field if you don't get the three points."
Montreal was also humbled in its last outing, suffering a 4-0 defeat at Red
Bull New York.
The Impact fell behind by two goals and thought they had cut the deficit in
half early in the second period, but Marco Di Vaio had his strike pulled back
for an offside call. It would have helped turn the game in Montreal's favor,
but instead, it spurred the Red Bulls on to go and claim two more goals to
complete the rout.
"We must not panic," said Davy Arnaud. "There are tough times in a season. We
must come back stronger in our next game. We are still in a great place in the
standings, but we need to find a way to win and allow fewer goals."
The Impact remained on 31 points with the defeat, dropping the club out of
first place in favor of Sporting Kansas City.
"This wasn't a good game tonight, but we played better in the second half with
more character," Impact head coach Marco Schallibaum said after the loss to
New York. "It's not easy being in first place and even more difficult to
remain on top. We'll need to work and return to the basics."
Montreal can retake pole position in the East with a win over Dallas, at least
until Sporting kicks off against Real Salt Lake later on Saturday.
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