Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Crew will aim to continue
their ascent up the Eastern Conference table on Saturday when the club travels
to Stade Saputo to face the Montreal Impact.
Columbus has made a serious charge up the table in recent weeks with wins in
each of its past two league matches, the Crew have jumped into fourth place in
the East with 33 points.
Last time out, the Crew rolled to a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Houston
Dynamo at Crew Stadium on August 23 behind a goal and assist from Justin
The Crew took the lead after 35 minutes when Justin Meram benefited from a
poor touch from a Houston defender and gathered the ball near the top of the
penalty box, then took a few touches before firing a left-footed shot past
Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.
The lead was doubled in the 59th minute as Meram this time played provider
when he swung in a perfectly placed cross to the head of Adam Bedell, who
outmuscled his marker and glanced a header past a helpless Hall and into the
The hosts then added a third goal in the 64th minute when Waylon Francis found
substitute Aaron Schoenfeld with a perfect cross to head home from the heart
of the area to seal the match.
"I thought it was a very, very solid performance," Crew head coach Gregg
Berhalter said. "It's easy to get up to play the Galaxy, with the names and
the quality and the crowd and everything. But today against Houston, an
Eastern Conference opponent who's on our heels in the table, I thought this
was a very strong performance. "We went through a tough stretch, but we kept
playing the way we want to play. We're right in the mix, and that's where we
expect to be at."
Montreal, meanwhile, will be hoping for a bounce-back effort after falling,
4-2, to the New York Red Bulls last time out at Red Bull Arena.
The Impact took the lead after 37 minutes as Dilly Duka latched onto a perfect
ball into space from Calum Mallace and beat goalkeeper Luis Robles low to the
near post from inside the box.
But They couldn't hold the lead as New York roared back in the second half as
Thierry Henry struck twice in the 53rd and 67th minutes to give the Red Bulls
Bradley Wright-Phillips made it 3-1 before Andres Romero pulled a second goal
back for the Impact. But Wright-Phillips completed his double in stoppage time
to send New York home with all three points.
"I think as the game went on we got a little more stretched for sure because
we had to push the game and we pushed it. I thought our transition to get
behind the ball wasn't as good. And I think they found a lot of space to get
at us as the game went on," said Impact head coach Frank Klopas.