Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Impact Look to End to Home Field Woes, Scoring Drought against Revolution

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Impact Look to End to Home Field Woes, Scoring Drought against Revolution

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Impact look to re-establish home turf

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MONTREAL - A full house is expected at Saputo Stadium and coach Mauro Biello wants show the 20,801 fans that the Montreal Impact are still a force on home turf.

That hasn't been the case lately, with a 0-2-1 record in their last three home games. That includes an embarrassing 4-1 setback against Orlando in their last home fixture Aug. 27.

The fifth-place Impact (9-8-11) will try again Saturday night against the seventh-place New England Revolution (8-12-9).

"We want to bounce back at home, get back our rhythm and confidence back at home so that it's difficult for teams to come in here," Biello said Friday. "We want to re-establish that dominance we once had at home."

There will be factors in Montreal's favour, including a 3-0-2 record in their last five meetings with New England. The Revolution will be playing a third game in eight days, including a 3-1 win at home last Saturday followed by a 4-2 loss to Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup final Tuesday night.

And the Impact can draw on its comeback 3-2 win over New England at home in July. Impact-killer Kai Kamara spotted the Revolution a 2-0 lead inside 33 minutes only to see Michael Salazar tie it with a pair of goals before Ignacio Piatti's winner from the penalty spot.

Montreal's recent troubles stem mainly from an anaemic attack that has scored only seven times in its last eight games. The last time the Impact scored more than one goal in a game was a 5-1 win July 23 over Philadelphia.

Biello feels his attack is overdue.

"I would say we were a bit unlucky," he said. "Even the game against Orlando, we could have scored five goals.

"Throughout the year, we've been able to score. Now is a bit of a soft period, but as long as the chances are there, eventually the luck will turn for us and we'll get that confidence back and go from there. …

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