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Montreal is 3-1-2 in their last six and want to continue avoiding losses as they take on New York City Football club, a team notorious for draws.
New York needs to increase their win total if they are going to continue to compete in a congested Eastern Conference.
What: Montreal Impact vs New York City FC
Where: Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
When: Saturday May 4 @ 5 PM EST
How: TVAS, MLS Live on ESPN+, YES
Head Coach: Domenec Torrent
Key Players: Hérber Araújo dos Santos, Maximiliano Moralez, Sean Johnson
Standings: 2-1-6 (7th Eastern Conference)
New York City FC have had a promising season. They have allowed 12 goals while scoring 11, showing their defense backs up their offense and vice versa.
Goalkeeper Sean Johnson has had an impressive stretch with 4 shutouts this season. The key to success in this match will lie in the defenses ability to quiet the Montreal attack.
Head Coach: Rémi Garde
Key Players: Saphir Taider, Maximiliano Urruti, Evan Bush
Standings: 5-3-2 (2nd Eastern Conference)
Montreal is favored in this contest for good reason. Goalkeeper Evan Bush has 5 shutouts, and they are effective at home so far with 2 wins and no losses or draws.
To stay elite team in the Eastern Conference, the Impact will need to break Sean Johnson and his defenders.
Coming off two wins in their last two games, Montreal is poised for continue that trend.
While Montreal is favored on the money line, it is clear that New York City has the talent to compete.
With 6 draws this year, and good defenses on both sides, another draw would not be surprising.
Montreal has a goal differential of -2 and New York City FC has one of -1. With such close margins, it makes a draw even more possible.
With two talented defenses and no outstanding legs on offense, this will be a tightly contested matchup worth tuning into.
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