The New England Revolution are looking to snap a season-worst five game winless streak as the Montreal Impact make their first-ever visit to Foxboro on Sunday night. The Revolution dropped an ugly 1-0 result to Kansas City last weekend, while the Impact are coming off an exceptional 2-0 win over Philadelphia, despite losing defender Nelson Rivas to a red card for violent conduct.
The Revs have simply got to find a way to win in this match. Montreal's away record is very bad, and their defense is atrocious, so this is definitely the match where New England's offensive weapons need to come alive. Lee Nguyen and Benny Feilhaber should have plenty of opportunities to create, giving Saer Sene a lot of chances to finish. More importantly, Jerry Bengtson has returned from a successful Olympic campaign - where he scored three goals - and should be ready to contribute. Jay Heaps hasn't let on if he will start the Honduran poacher, but Bengtson should at least make the bench.
Defensively, questions still remain over the fitness of A.J. Soares and Kevin Alston. Soares is the biggest missing piece, as his understanding with Stephen McCarthy and his leadership qualities are a big part of any success the Revs' back line has against their opponents. With the wily veteran Marco Di Vaio leading the line and highly-touted rookie Andrew Wenger healthy again, New England's defense will be tormented all match by some real attacking talent, and they will need to be extra careful not to get burned by it at home.
Apart from Alston and Soares, the injury report does not look too threatening. New arrival Blair Gavin is still out as he recovers from the same hamstring issue that has plagued his entire career, while Alec Purdie also remains out, as he has been for the last few weeks. Bobby Shuttleworth is recovering from a knee sprain and will not feature on the bench.
New England's all-time record against Montreal is the same as its 2012 record against the Impact: 0-1-0. This will be the second meeting between the two sides in MLS history; the last came just a few weeks ago when the Revs were beaten 2-1 on goals by Patrice Bernier and Sanna Nyassi.
The match will be televised live on CSN starting at 7 PM. 98.5 The Sports Hub will handle the radio call.