Impact seek revenge after embarassing loss to D.C. United
Impact designated player Hernan Bernardello (left) and the United's Luis Silva, both recent acquisitions, have been two of the more effective players for their squads in recent games. (CP file photos)
Published Saturday, August 17, 2013 1:43PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 17, 2013 2:56PM EDT
The fourth-place Montreal Impact (10-7-5) seek revenge at home Saturday at 7 p.m. against a last-place D.C. United team (3-16-4) that beat them 3-1 two weeks ago.
After a red-hot start, the Impact have fallen into the habit of winning at home but losing on the road but in spite of their recent woes, the team carries a four game home unbeaten streak into the match.
The last-placed D.C. United are no longer a squad to be taken lightly, as the Impact learned in a shocking fashion in D.C.
The addition of striker Luis Silva from Toronto and Conor Doyle from England has coincided with the unexpected revival of the United, which has bagged two recent victories, one over the Impact and another on the road in Chicago, although the young team came back to earth with a loss to the Philadelphia Union 2-0 last Saturday.
Former Impact defender Dennis Iapichino, who was placed on waivers earlier this week, was scooped up by D.C. United on Thursday and should be available to battle his old mates Saturday.
Midfielder Luis Silva has quickly become the United's top scorer after netting three goals in three games, while Canadian international and former MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario is finally back in form after being hampered by injury woes.
The fourth-place Impact are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Fire in Chicago last Saturday, with the lone marker scored by Felipe.
The Impact hope to get more production from veteran striker and leading scorer Marco Di Vaio, 37, who has 11 goals this season. Di Vaio, who recently visited Italy for personal reasons, has only scored one goal since June 19.
Troy Perkins is expected to get the nod in nets once again, while Andrew Wenger has been deemed fit after nursing a foot injury.