Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - The Houston Dynamo is starting to hit its
stride at the right time, and the club will come up against another Eastern
Conference contender on Saturday at the Saputo Stadium in the Montreal Impact.
Houston has won four of its last six games to move to within three points of
the top spot in a crowded Eastern Conference, while Montreal sits two points
clear of the Dynamo and will be eyeing first place for itself.
The Dynamo is coming off of a 3-1 win over Seattle last weekend, and just as
important as the three points is the fact that both Will Bruin and Giles
Barnes appear to have rediscovered their scoring touch.
Barnes scored a first-half brace against the Sounders last weekend to snap a
three-and-a-half-month drought, and he believes it was simply the result of
"It's always nice to get on the score sheet, but first and foremost your
confidence comes from playing well with the team and working hard with the
team," Barnes said. "If you work hard you'll get your rewards and hopefully
that's what I'm doing. I'm working hard and hopefully the rewards will come."
Bruin is another player who has worked his way through a slump to begin
The forward endured a seven-game scoreless streak prior to the Gold Cup with
the United States, but he has returned from that experience to score two goals
with two assists in the past three matches.
Both teams will be coming off of midweek games in the CONCACAF Champions
League with Houston earning a 0-0 draw against W Connection in Trinidad and
Tobago on Tuesday, while the Impact suffered a 1-0 defeat on Wednesday to
Montreal snapped a two-match losing skid last weekend by topping D.C. United,
2-1, but the club also lost head coach Marco Schallibaum for the next two
Schallibaum received a two-match suspension on Friday from the league after he
was ejected from the United game for the third time this season.
The suspension means that the coach will not be on the sidelines for the
Houston game or next weekend's match at Philadelphia.
"I made a mistake," Schallibaum told reporters on Monday after being ejected.
"I also told my team that I should be an example in many respects - I'm the
leader of this team after all - and that I did something that wasn't right. I
was punished and went off earlier than the others. I take full
Like Houston, Montreal also got one of its top scorers back on track recently
as Marco Di Vaio scored both goals in the Impact's win over D.C., his first
goals since July 3.