Overlooked and Underloved: D.C. United vs Montreal Impact

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While the casual fan focuses on marquee matchups like Sporting Kansas City against New York and the Los Angeles Galaxy hosting Dallas FC, we here at PST would like to throw out D.C. United invading Saputo Stadium as the game to watch of the weekend.

Why?

  • Playoff potential: Lose thing game and the Impact can pretty much kiss their postseason hopes goodbye. (Jesse Marsch has done a heck of a job, though. See below.) It’s a little too early to pencil in the five Eastern Conference teams, especially with the Crew’s creative resurgence, but three points would go a long way towards booking the Red and Black’s ticket. That said, the Impact are 9-3-2 at home, so…
  • Ben Olsen, man. Ben Olsen is just great.
  • The Andy Najar at right back experiment continues (probably). Is it for real? What’s his ceiling? You can’t have an opinion if you don’t watch.
  • The Impact’s next goal will be No. 40 on the season, tying the league record for an expansion club.
  • All these stats, courtesy of ImpactMontreal.com: “The Impact is the only MLS team in the top 10 in every team statistical category: 4th in goals (39), 4th in assists (38), 3rd in shots (354), 4th in shots on goal (118), 5th in times blanked (4), 3rd in fouls committed (340), 4th in fouls suffered (323), 1st in offsides (86), 6th in corners (121) and 3rd in cautions (47).” That’s exciting. How can you not like this team?