New York City FC will be celebrating this Independence Day at Stade Saputo Stadium in Canada, as they kick-off against the Montreal Impact.
Rallying back from last Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to the Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium, NYCFC look to make it two-in-a-row over the Impact, after a 3-1 victory in June, which Head Coach Jason Kreis called the “most complete performance of the year.”
“I think we need to remember why that happened,” Kreis said in a statement. “We need to remember not just that game, but the other games around it. We need to remember what gets us success in this league against the opponents we’re playing because we need to do that every single week. If we don’t, we won’t get results.”
NYCFC was on a hot-streak following their last meeting with the Impact—with three wins in four unbeaten games—until last week’s match against the Red Bulls.
“You have to have a little bit of amnesia,” NYCFC defender Jeb Brovsky said in a statement. “You can’t forget the result totally, but you have to learn from the mistakes you made. The good thing is you have a chance the next week to prove yourself. We want to take advantage of this chance.”
When NYCFC and Impact met in June, striker David Villa and midfielders Mix Diskerud and Kwadwo Poku were able to find the back of the net and lead the team to a 3-1 victory. While Diskerud—who is currently competing with the United States National Team in the 2015 Gold Cup—will not be playing in tomorrow night’s matchup, Kreis seems confident the team can win it on the road.
“Question one is whether or not we’ll stick with the same shape [4-2-3-1] or go back to two forwards,” Kreis stated. “If we go back to two forwards, you look to a [Patrick] Mullins or [Adam] Nemec to step back in and do a good job. Both of those guys did that the last time they played for us. I don’t have much hesitation about that. If not, there will be an opportunity for a guy like Poku to come in and contribute from a starting role. The last time he did that, he did pretty well. We’re definitely not fearful about the guys who have to step in and contribute this weekend in the attacking half of the field.”
Coming off of a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Union last Saturday, the Montreal Impact [5-6-3] are just one point ahead of NYCFC [4-8-5] in the MLS Eastern Conference.
According to Brovsky, who played three seasons for the Impact, Stade Saputo isn’t exactly the easiest of venues to go and get points. “It’s going to be a battle because we want to get back on the right foot and they want to get back at us for the defeat last month,” Brovsky stated in a release. “We have to put in a 90-minute performance and guys have to be focused the whole time.”
To check out the game, tune in to YES Network or WFAN Radio Network tomorrow night, July 4, at 8 p.m.