Match Preview; Crew vs Impact
By Columbus Crew
The Columbus Crew heads to Canada for the second time this season when the Black & Gold travel for their first test against the Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo on Saturday, April 13, at 2:00 p.m. ET. FOX Sports Ohio is set to televise the game regionally, with Dwight Burgess and Duncan Oughton on the call. Neil Sika is calling the action for 610 AM WTVN, with Carlos Cordovoa behind the microphone for La Mega 103.1 FM.
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Crew fans don’t need a passport to catch the action when Columbus visits Montreal this weekend. The afternoon battle is being aired on FOX Sports Ohio at the Official Crew Pub Tour stop at Jimmy V’s Grandview (1788 W. Fifth Ave, Columbus). Fans 21+ can enjoy buckets of 5 bottles (Bud, Bud Light, Bud Select) for only $12 and $3 Budweiser draughts with a Crew mug, including $1.50 refills. More information on Pub Tour dates can be found via TheCrew.com.
Montreal has jumped out to a first-place stronghold in the Eastern Conference, less than one season removed from its 12-16-6 mark in its first MLS season. The Crew currently sits in fourth place in the East. Battling for road points, the Black & Gold lead MLS in road goals with six tallies through three away matches, posting a 2-1-0 record away from Crew Stadium.
The Crew enters Montreal riding a modest three-game unbeaten streak (1-0-2) dating back to March 16 against San Jose. The team’s last (and only) loss came when the Crew fell 2-1 in Vancouver on March 9, more than one month ago. Despite the single road-blemish, the Crew has scored in each of its first five matches this season and the Black & Gold are among five other teams that have not been shut out in 2013.
Saturday’s match at Stade Saputo is the first of three meetings this season between the Crew and the Impact. This is the first of two trips to Montreal this season and the fourth regular-season meeting in the all-time season series between the two teams dating back to 2012. The Crew is 2-1-0 against Montreal, and while the Black & Gold are 2-0-0 against Montreal at home, they are 0-1-0 in the lone match at Stade Saputo. The last two meetings have featured game-winning goals in the 89th-minute or later, as Patrice Bernier’s 89th-minute penalty kick secured the 2-1 win for Montreal on July 8 last season, while Emilio Renteria’s 93rd-minute goal gave the Crew a 2-1 win on Sept. 1, 2012.