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Impact-D.C. United Preview
It is a quick turnaround after a disastrous performance by D.C. United, who will be without suspended star striker Wayne Rooney for Tuesday's match versus the Montreal Impact.
United (3-1-1) had conceded just one goal in their first four matches before running into a buzzsaw Saturday in the form of Western Conference frontrunner Los Angeles FC. Keeper Bill Hamid tried to spark DC with a save on a penalty kick by Carlos Vela in the ninth minute, but LAFC shredded United's back line in a torrid first half.
LAFC had three goals after 32 minutes, and by the time Rooney was sent off on a straight red card in the 52nd minute for a poor challenge on Diego Rossi, the match was well done and dusted. United lost 4-0 and had a 15-match unbeaten streak dating back to last season snapped.
"I told everyone last week that things were going our way," coach Ben Olsen said. "We had the same team every weekend and now we have an injury (Joseph Mora) and a suspension (Wayne Rooney). Our pulse was wrong from the get-go in the biggest game of the year to date and that part is concerning."
Mora is sidelined indefinitely with a broken jaw suffered in United's win over Orlando City on March 31. Rooney's absence for this match is a huge blow considering the former England international has factored on seven of DC';s nine goals with four goals and three assists. Luciano Acosta and Junior Moreno, who have combined for five assists, will take over the bulk of the playmaking duties.
The Impact (2-1-2) are set for their long-awaited home debut after taking seven points from their five-match road swing. After an embarrassing 7-1 loss at Sporting KC, Montreal tightened up defensively and grabbed a point Saturday with a scoreless draw at New York City FC.
Remi Garde's team played the final 20 minutes with 10 men after forward Maximiliano Urruti was shown a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Maxine Chanot. Montreal nearly stole the three points in stoppage time, but defender Zakaria Diallo blazed over the bar from 12 yards after being picked out by Saphir Taider.
"Our main goal was to maintain a good block and not allow them to penetrate us," midfielder Samuel Piette told the club's official website. "I think we did a good job today. We didn't concede many opportunities and at the end, it's the result that counts. A draw against New York is good."
Taider and Ignacio Piatti have accounted for six of Montreal's seven goals thus far, but Piatti has been ruled of this match with a knee injury.
The Impact went 9-2-1 in their last 12 matches at Stade Saputo in 2018 after losing three of their first five. United took four points in last season's two matches, drawing 1-1 in Montreal and winning 5-0 at home as Acosta had a goal and three assists and Rooney had a brace on either side of halftime.
Updated April 7, 2019