Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of Eastern Conference rivals will
tangle on Saturday as the Houston Dynamo host the Montreal Impact at BBVA
Saturday's encounter marks the first matchup between these sides since a
feisty knockout-round playoff tilt last season which saw the Dynamo run out
comfortable 3-0 winners, while the Impact self-destructed at the end and had
several players sent off.
Montreal finished with eight men: Nelson Rivas was sent off for collecting two
yellow cards and Andres Romero and Marco Di Vaio followed for their roles in a
None of those players will be available for the Impact on Saturday.
Still, lingering memories of that game could motivate the Impact to come up
with a stronger performance, according to Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall:
"I don't really think the way the game finished, the scuffle or whatever in
the corner, I don't think that has anything to do with Saturday's game. It was
for them the end of their season on a fairly bad night for them and emotions
got the better of them so that happens in games, especially in playoff games,"
"I think the fact that we knocked them out, not so much the fight in the
corner, will be probably extra motivation for them. It would be for us."
Houston comes into the match riding a wave of momentum after opening its
season last week with a comfortable 4-0 thrashing of the New England
Will Bruin opened the scoring after just 64 seconds and completed a brace in
the 13th minute before setting up Boniek Garcia to put the Dynamo 3-0 ahead
before the half-hour mark.
New England created some opportunities in the second half, but Houston put the
game away with a goal from Omar Cummings in stoppage time to complete the
Montreal, meanwhile, is coming off a 3-2 loss to FC Dallas in its sesoner
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