Impact hope to snap skid at Red Bull Arena

ByReuters via ESPN logo
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The New York Red Bulls are unstoppable when the Montreal Impact drop in for a visit.

The Red Bulls look to improve to 10-0-0 against the Impact at Red Bull Arena when the teams square off on Wednesday night in Harrison, N.J.

New York has outscored Montreal 28-8 in the previous nine meetings at Red Bull Arena.

Montreal midfielder Samuel Piette has been around for the last four of the defeats, but he feels his club is prepared to make a breakthrough.

"Any team can beat another team in this league," Piette told reporters. "We know that New York is a good team, but we proved this year that we can perform well, regardless of the opponent.

"We are confident for (Wednesday), and we play well on the road these days. We kept the same mentality, and this will serve us against the Red Bulls."

The Impact (5-4-2, 17 points) are 3-3-2 on the road this season.

Montreal has been playing well despite being without three-time All-Star midfielder Ignacio Piatti (knee). He will miss his ninth straight game.

New York is hoping to get its top scoring weapon back in forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, who has missed the past two games with a groin injury.

The 34-year-old forward has just one goal in six matches this season, but he ranks eighth in MLS history with 107 goals, one behind seventh-place Jason Kreis.

The Red Bulls (3-4-2, 11 points) defeated FC Cincinnati and the Los Angeles Galaxy in their past two matches and hope to be at the start of a run.

New York scored two second-half goals Saturday in a 3-2 comeback win over the Galaxy, with forward Derrick Etienne scoring the decisive tally in the 67th minute.

"We won't get too ahead of ourselves," Red Bulls coach Chris Armas said afterward. "It's a good win. It's a big win, and that means a lot to the guys ... that's how you gain confidence, and that's how you gain self-belief that you can battle the best and you can beat the best."

--Field Level Media