Here are some key points to watch out for as the two sides square off in their only meeting in 2017.
Maxi Urruti’s mouth is watering
The Impact played the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, while the Impact walked away with three points, it was a sloppy showing for both sides. The Impact gave away one goal with poor passing out of the back, and it easily could have been two if Fafa Picault did better with the ball after he won possession in the Impact’s 18 yard box. Dallas creates a lot of opportunities by winning the ball high up the field. It makes things a lot simpler when there’s only one guy to beat when you win the ball instead of four. Check out this heat map of defensive actions of each team in MLS from American Soccer Analysis.
Notice Dallas’ Maxi Urruti blob at the top of the 18? With Montreal looking so poor out of the back, this is Dallas’ time to utilize the high press.
Seven missing players
Hernan Bernardello is suspended for this game for yellow card accumulation. Ignacio Piatti, Ambroise Oyongo, and Victor Cabrera are all out with injury. Piatti is an especially big miss as he leads the team in goals despite not playing in the Impact’s last three games. Patrice Bernier, Maxime Crepeau, and Anthony Jackson-Hamel will be representing Canada against Jamaica on Thursday and it is unsure what their status will be if Canada loses.
A chance to reset
Dallas did not look themselves against Sporting Kansas City. They struggled to create chances, stay disciplined, and keep possession. It was a frustrating game, but after having 11 days to get that loss out of their system, they should be back to their winning form. The best revenge for getting knocked out of the US Open Cup by SKC would be to knock them off of the top of the table with a win on Saturday. Three points would move Dallas two points ahead of SKC.