Impact battle for crucial points in Columbus
Montreal Impact's Justin Mapp celebrates after being fouled by Columbus Crew's Chris Birchall resulting in a penalty kick during second half MLS soccer action in Montreal, Sunday, July 8, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Published Friday, August 31, 2012 3:13PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, September 1, 2012 11:18AM EDT
MONTREAL - The Impact need to squeeze as many points as possible out of their last six remaining matches if they hope to get a playoff berth and that battle begins tonight in Columbus.
The Impact, who have now won six straight, play the Columbus Crew Saturday night, a team tied with the Impact with 39 points, two behind the D.C. United and Chicago Fire, both tied for the final playoff spot.
The Impact lost their first match this season in Columbus 2-0 on March 24 but then beat the Crew at home 2-1 on July 8.
The Impact (12-13-3) are coming off a 3-0 win over D.C. United at Saputo Stadium on Saturday, a game which saw hometown hero Patrice Bernier, 32, bag two goals.
The team won its last road game 1-0 against New England on August 12.
Defender Nelson Rivas will be back after serving his three game suspensions for a head-butt against Philadelphia.
Goalkeeper Troy Perksin has three straight wins and has only given up one goal.
The Crew (11-8-6) scored a comeback win against Philadelphia in a midweek match, leaving them unbeaten in six. They have a 7-3-2 home record.
-With a file from The Canadian Press