Ah, I remember it like it was a week ago!
To be fair, it was:
The youth movement was on full display that evening at PPL Park, with Tommy McNamara (age 24) and Patrick Mullins (age 23) powering a bend-don't-break New York City side to its second-ever victory, and its first on the road. Momentum isn't measurable, but if it does indeed exist, the Bronx Blues return home this weekend riding a big, bloody wave of it.
This week's opponent has had a strange season in its own right-- L'Impact de Montréal spent the first few weeks of the season tied up with the CONCACAF Champions League, in which they raced all the way to the final only to lose out to Mexican powerhouse Club América. The MLS schedule took a back seat as the Quebecers jockeyed for the continental trophy and a spot in the Club World Cup: Montreal went winless in their first five league games.
Since CONCACAF wrapped, Frank Klopas's team has gotten back up to speed, winning four of their last five, including a 2-1 result at Columbus last Saturday. Fellow Argentines Andres Romero and Ignacio Piatti have combined for five goals over that span, with the latter adding three assists.
"It's been a lot of time talking about getting that first win on the road, so we are really pleased," Montreal midfielder Maxim Tissot said after last weekend's victory. His team will aim to add a second on Saturday in the Bronx.
INJURED & ABSENT
New York City:
OUT: Javier Calle (right quad strain), George John (right knee), Khiry Shelton (left MCL sprain), Tony Taylor (left ACL rupture), Josh Williams (left adductor strain)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Mix Diskerud (United States), Adam Nemec (Slovakia)
OUT: Hassoun Camara (knee injury), Kenny Cooper (knee surgery), Dilly Duka (head injury), Justin Mapp (elbow surgery), Eric Miller (hamstring injury), Dominic Oduro (groin injury), Cameron Porter (knee surgery)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroon), Maxim Tissot (Canada)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
New York City:
RUNNIN' THE NUMBERS
- 25: Montreal's win in Columbus snapped a twenty-five match road winless streak, dating back to September 2013.
- 87th: Minute in which Patrick Mullins struck the winner for New York City last weekend in Philadephia, tying him for the team lead in scoring (3). All of his goals have come as a substitute.
- 5/9: Montreal's Ignacio Piatti has either scored or assisted on five of the team's last nine goals.
- #1: Tommy "Mullet Man" McNamara's smashing equalizer against the Union was voted the most recent MLS Goal of the Week. Montreal's Jack McInerney received the same distinction two months ago
- -6: Montreal's goal differential on the road in MLS play, two goals for and eight against. At home, New York City is -2, with seven for and nine against.
- 0: Both teams have yet to lose when scoring first. New York City is 1-0-2 when grabbing the first goal, while Montreal is 4-0-1.
- 91: Career games with Montreal for captain Patrice Bernier, who needs two more appearances to tie Felipe Martins, currently of the Red Bulls, for the most in franchise history.