Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Impact Look to Build off New England Win against Struggling Fire

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Impact Look to Build off New England Win against Struggling Fire

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Impact looking to put wins together


MONTREAL - Ending a four-game losing run with a big win at home was a relief, but now the Montreal Impact hope to get a streak started in the other direction.

The chance to put two wins together for only the second time this season comes Wednesday night against the Fire in Chicago, another team that has struggled early in the Major League Soccer season.

The seventh-place Impact (3-6-0) and the eighth-place Fire (2-4-2) both need the win to stay close to a playoff position (top six) in the Eastern Conference.

After losing all four games in April, the Impact started May on a high note with a 4-2 victory over New England at Saputo Stadium on Saturday, with star midfielder Ignacio Piatti leading the way with a goal and three assists

"It was good for us," midfielder Samuel Piette said Tuesday. "We'd been through a difficult month.

"We lost four in row and then we came up with a big win against a team we had lost to (4-0 on April 14), so we got our revenge. It gives us confidence for this game. It would be good to put some wins together."

The Impact are 1-5-0 on the road and will be playing away for the seventh time in 10 games this season. But the Fire are coming off a 2-1 loss to Atlanta that left them 1-3-1 at home.

Impact coach Remi Garde usually has at least one surprise in his starting 11 and with three games in an eight-day span -- Montreal returns home to face Philadelphia on Saturday -- there will likely be more in Chicago.

Against New England, he brought Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Raheem Edwards into the starting 11 and it clicked as the two Canadian forwards combined for three goals -- all served up by Piatti.

The Argentine shares the league lead with six assists with the New York Red Bulls' Alejandro Romero Gamarra. He also scored his fifth of the season and was named MLS player of the week. …

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