Nashville desires to remain unbeaten at dwelling and welcomes Montreal
The surprising Nashville SC are aiming for a fourth straight win on their home ground on Saturday when they face CF Montreal.
Nashville (3-1-5, 14 points) bounced back dramatically against Toronto FC after two goals behind on Wednesday and remained unbeaten at home in six games this season.
Second year midfielder Luke Haakenson came off the bench and scored the equalizer in the 83rd minute and the winner in the second minute of extra time.
The two goals were the first in Haakenson’s career and improved Nashville’s home record to 3-0-3.
“He came into the game and made all the difference,” coach Gary Smith told the Nashville Post. “What Luke has done in the past six to eight weeks has earned a few minutes on the field through incredible, hard work during the middle of the week and has shown marvelous signs of improvement.”
Nashville has kept every game close, not allowing more than two goals in a game all season.
Montreal’s line-up (3-3-3, 12 points) is full of question marks. Goalkeeper Clement Diop injured his right leg in stoppage time in the 0-0 draw with DC United on Wednesday.
With Montreal no substitutes and only 10 men left, Diop stayed in the game despite being unable to put weight on the leg. He completed his third goal of the season but backup James Pantemis is expected to start on Saturday.
Wilfried Nancy’s squad is absent from Nashville defender Zorhan Bassong and midfielder Victor Wanyama, both of whom are suspended. Bassong was given a red card at the end of the first half of Wednesday’s game, while Wanyama will be out for a yellow card pile.
Striker Romell Quioto may be available after missing the last two games with a hip injury. Striker Erik Hurtado and defender Joel Waterman are insecure due to injury.
“Nashville is a team that doesn’t change the way they play,” said Nancy. “They are a team that are very aggressive on crosses so we have to be very good … We know we have our chances of scoring and we have to be a lot sharper relative.” to.
“We expect a game in their home where they will try to be very intense. We have to live up to that intensity.”
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