D.C. United had their MLS win streak snapped last time out, but the club still has a lengthy run at RFK Stadium going.
D.C. will try to register a sixth consecutive home win in league play for the first time in six years Saturday night against the Montreal Impact, the last opponent to leave RFK without a loss.
United (9-5-3) had won four straight before blowing an early lead in a 3-2 loss at New York on Sunday. Chris Pontius scored both of D.C.’s goals, including one in the opening minute, but the Red Bulls took over the lead for good just before halftime.
“Once we score early like that, we’ve got to keep up the pressure and not let up because teams are going to punish us,” goalkeeper Bill Hamid said.
It was the Impact (5-9-3) that couldn’t take advantage of an early lead April 18 at RFK. The now-injured Bernardo Corradi scored the first goal in the 68th minute, but D.C.’s Maicon Santos tied the game four minutes later in an eventual 1-all tie, which gave Montreal the first road point in club history.
Since that game, D.C. has won all five of its home games while outscoring opponents 15-6. The club’s last six-game home win streak in MLS play was May 13-July 15, 2006.
Montreal is 1-7-1 away from home while United are 6-1-2 at RFK, with that lone defeat coming in their season opener against Sporting Kansas City on March 10.
D.C., though, isn’t taking the first-year club lightly. Among the Impact’s recent results were a 4-1 rout of Seattle on June 16 and a 4-2 victory over Houston last Saturday.
“They are a good group of guys,” United midfielder Perry Kitchen told the league’s website. “They work hard, and when they are on the ball, they are good, too. They have been playing well of late, so it will be a tough game.”
Montreal also might have some motivation for a better performance after a 3-0 home defeat to last-place Toronto FC on Wednesday.
“We were disappointed with the loss, but we have another match this Saturday so we have to move on,” forward Eduardo Sebrango said. “We have to come and play hard every night, starting against D.C. United.”
The teams will meet for the final time this season in Montreal on Aug. 25.
Pontius leads United with eight goals, including four in the past four games.