The Impact have struggled offensively as their dynamo Ignacio Piatti has missed a couple games earlier this season, but has been fit and back in the lineup since mid-April.
Montreal also signed Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemaili on the deadline this week and he’s arrived ready to play. He’s said he wants to jump into the lineup and the Impact can certainly use a player who scored eight goals for Genoa last season.
Crew SC is in the midst of a mini slump as they have lost three of their last four games. They took three out of nine points in their pivotal home stand. Now they will have to right the ship with heavy legs and a rotated lineup.
Federico Higuain, Justin Meram, Ola Kamara, and Ethan Finlay have started the previous two games and it’s unlikely that they all will start the third. Gregg Berhalter and staff will have to decide who replaces the creative and dynamic engine of the team if Higuain doesn’t play.
Keys to the Match:
The Replacements: Three games in eight days is a heavy load and Columbus has rotated sporadically. Berhalter and the team are going to have to get performances out of those that are asked to step up. That likely means Hector Jimenez, Niko Hansen, Adam Jahn, or Kekuta Manneh will have to make the key plays after spending most of the first third of the season on the bench.
Brazilian Lost and found: Crew SC have missed Artur since he suffered a broken wrist in the first minute of the game against the Red Bulls. He’s trained all week and is close to full fitness. While he may not be ready to start, today is a good opportunity for him to test his broken wrist and soft cast while giving Crew SC another option in the middle. Expect to see him sometime today.
Argentine Magic: Few players in MLS can make something out of nothing with the ball like the Impact’s Ignacio Piatti. The Argentine nominally plays left wing, but will pop up throughout the offensive half of the field. In the defensive phase, Wil Trapp, Abu, and Jimenez will have to keep track of the crafty playmaker who truly makes Montreal’s offense go.
How to Watch:
Date/Time: Saturday May 13, 5:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Stade Saputo (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Watch: FOX-28 , Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Channel Guide)
Stream: MLS Live
Listen: CD102.5 FM (English) La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish)