MONTREAL – CF Montreal hosts the Chicago Fire tonight, as these two teams with very different situations cross swords at Saputo Stadium.
The Montreal troops are coming back from a spectacular draw against the Columbus Crew on Friday and are trying to maintain their hold on second place in the Eastern Conference.
With 53 points and still four games to play, the Bleu-blanc-noir will probably not be able to catch up with the Philadelphia Union at the top. He also gets blown in the neck by the New York Red Bulls, who are only three points away.
In this historic season, CF Montreal has already set several team records. He improved his record in wins (16), points (53), goals (55), road wins (nine) and number of consecutive games without a loss (eight).
The Montreal club hopes to be able to tighten its defense, having allowed five goals in its last two games. He will have the opportunity to do so as the worst attack in MLS comes to town.
Wilfried Nancy’s men will still have to keep an eye on the Fire, which has not lost in its last three outings (1-0-2). The Chicago team is currently ranked 12th in the East and is six points from seventh and last place giving access to the playoffs.
The Fire will also be looking to avenge their 2-0 loss at Soldier Field on August 27. Despite having to defend with 10 players for the entire second half, CF Montreal muzzled the Fire to equal their record of eight games without losses, which had been set for the first time earlier this season.
Midfielders Lassi Lappalainen (adductors) and Ahmed Hamdi (right leg) will miss the call, but the Montrealers should find the young midfielder Ismaël Koné, who had just scored a goal in Chicago.