At dwelling, CF Montreal meets Cincinnati

Two unbeaten series clash on Saturday when CF Montreal return to FC Cincinnati for the first time this season.

Montreal (5-3-4, 19 points) has won two games in a row and is 3-0-2 in the last five. They have their first streak of three games since their fourth straight win in the 2018 season.

And they’ll be doing this for the first time since September 9, 2020 in Montreal when they played a number of games in Canada before moving to the US

The Impact, who played their first six home games in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, will welcome 5,000 fans to Saputo Stadium in accordance with local health protocols.

“Coming home fourth in the Eastern Conference after so many away games is good, but we’re not happy,” said defender Joel Waterman.

Montreal defeated New York City FC in their last game on July 7th. They want their first ever win against FC Cincinnati, who have played all three games since joining MLS, including a 2-1 triumph back Can.

“We couldn’t beat them but we had our chances of scoring,” said Montreal head coach Wilfried Nancy. “We’ll have a chance to change that (Saturday).”

Cincinnati (3-5-3, 12 points) have been unbeaten in four straight league games. The eight points scored during this stretch are more than they achieved in their last 17 games from September (2nd-14th January).

The club is left without midfielder Allan Cruz and defender Ronald Matarrita, who play for Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

“We can always count on the players we have and everyone is ready to work very hard for their place, to take their chance when it presents itself,” said head coach Jaap Stam the Cincinnati Enquirer. “With the roster that we have, everyone is working very hard and very positive about what they need to do to contribute to the team.”

Cincinnati have felt comfortable as a road team this season, going 3-2-2 on opposing fields with three wins and one draw in their last four away games.

–Field-level media

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