Montreal’s soccer-playing Impact would like to keep the ball of hope rolling with a win in Houston Saturday night.

Making the playoffs won’t be an easy task, however, as the team is nine points out of the final playoff spot with three games to go.

The Impact, at 12-15-4 sits in seventh place in the East, with 40 points, only shouting distance from the fifth-place Dynamo.

What’s worse is that the host Houston Dynamo have not lost a single game at home this season, going 10-0-5 in the process while the Impact have only won twice away from home.

As well, Houston has beaten Montreal twice already this season.

The Impact have not played since their 0-0 home draw with Kansas City on September 22.

Defender Nelson Rivas will miss with a knee injury and Midfielder Collen Warner will be absent due to a suspension resulting from accumulated yellow cards