As the Montreal Impact try to end their inaugural MLS season with another strong performance at home, the New England Revolution hope to conclude their disappointing year by snapping a franchise-record road slide.
The Impact look to extend their home undefeated stretch to eight matches Saturday when they try to keep the Revolution winless in their 14th straight road contest.
Though Montreal (12-15-6) will miss the playoffs, it remained competitive during its first league season thanks to a 10-3-3 record at home. The Impact are 6-0-1 at Stade Saputo since a 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City on July 4. They have not allowed a goal in the last 247 minutes on their home pitch.
Montreal, however, is 0-2-3 overall since a 3-0 win over D.C. United on Aug. 25. The Impact have totaled three goals during a winless stretch that continued with a scoreless tie at rival Toronto FC last Saturday.
"It's a bit frustrating," defender Hassoun Camara told the Impact's official website. "We played well as a group, moved the ball forward and now we just have to make sure we get the three points at home (this) weekend."
Montreal has experienced little frustration while owning a 3-1 scoring advantage in winning its first two matches with New England (8-17-8). Midfielder Sanna Nyassi has scored two of his six goals against the Revolution, including the lone tally in a 1-0 win at New England on Aug. 12.
Rookie Lee Nguyen scored New England's only goal of the series in a 2-1 loss at Montreal on July 18. That defeat has come during the Revolution's franchise-high 13-match road winless stretch (0-11-2) that dates to a 3-1 victory at Los Angeles on March 31.
With a 1-13-2 mark away from home in 2012, New England is 4-33-11 on the road in league play since 2010.
Though the Revolution have dropped six straight away from home and are 0-3-5 on the road against Canadian MLS teams, they could have some momentum coming off a 1-0 win over playoff-bound Chicago last Saturday. Diego Fagundez scored in the 17th minute to end New England's 196-minute scoreless stretch and a snap an 11-match skid in one-goal contests.
"Good teams know how to win when they play bad or when they don't execute a game plan. We're still processing through that," coach Jay Heaps told the Revolution's official website.
"We're still developing maturity. As we continue to go and you see the things we're trying to do, the players are really picking up on how we go into games."