The New England Revolution are set to close out their season in Canada against the Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon. The Impact won both previous meetings between the two clubs, but like the Revs, are out of playoff contention.
Only one hurdle remains before the New England Revolution close the book on the 2012 season, and that's their season finale against the Montreal Impact in Montreal. The Revs dug deep and gave their fans something to cheer about last weekend with a home victory over Chicago, while the Impact drew their rivals in Toronto 0-0.
Defensively, the Revs have plenty of weapons to worry about in the Impact's attack, even with midfield standout Felipe sidelined for the season. Sanna Nyassi - twin brother of Revs winger Sainey Nyassi - has been a Rev-killer this season, scoring the game-winning goals in both previous meetings between the two clubs. Marco di Vaio is also a major threat, along with #1 SuperDraft pick Andrew Wenger. With Stephen McCarthy doubtful for this clash, it will probably fall to Darrius Barnes and A.J. Soares again to contain the attack, hopefully with the kind of success they had last week.
The attack faces a fairly leaky defensive crew in Montreal, although the Revs have yet to be able to exploit that, with only one goal in two contests. The Impact have conceded 50 goals this season, and despite featuring talented and classy defenders like Matteo Ferrari and Alessandro Nesta, they haven't seemed to be able to put it together consistently. If Jerry Bengtson was looking for a chance to improve his 2012 goal tally, this would be it.
The injury report remains a little vast for anyone's comfort. Clyde Simms is questionable with a quad strain, while McCarthy and Juan Toja are both doubtful. McCarthy's still recovering from his concussive-like symptoms, but Toja's injury is troubling and may keep him out. Saer Sene, Lee Nguyen, and Flo Lechner remain sidelined.
Montreal owns the short series history between these two clubs with a 2-0-0 record against the Revs. Both matches occurred this season, with a 2-1 loss in Montreal and a 1-0 loss at Gillette Stadium. As stated above, Sanna Nyassi scored both game-winning goals, while Nguyen has the only Revolution goal against the Impact.
The match will be broadcast live on CSN at 2 PM EST, while 98.5 The Sports Hub will carry the radio call.