PREVIEW: Crew SC opens 3-match road trip at Montreal

Columbus Crew SC travel north of the border for a quick turnaround to take on the Montreal Impact on Saturday, May 13 for a 5 p.m. ET kickoff at Stade Saputo. It will be the Eastern Conference clubs’ first of two meetings this season, and 15th overall. The Black & Gold currently hold a 6-5-3 all-time regular-season record over Montreal.

Last season, Crew SC and the Impact met three times. The first meeting of the 2016 MLS regular season left the Crew SC at a 2-0 at Olympic Stadium on April 9. About a month later, the two Eastern Conference clubs exchanged blows to end in a 4-4 draw at MAPFRE Stadium on May 7. In their final meeting, on June 18, the two teams again ended in a draw at MAPFRE Stadium, neither team finding the back of the net.

Entering a three-match road run, the Black & Gold sit fourth in the Eastern Conference — even with New York City FC on 16 points. Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter's team has scored 16 goals through 11 matches, led by forward Ola Kamara's six. Attacking midfielders Federico Higuain and Justin Meram have both have four goals and four assists.

The Impact have started slowly and currently rest second-to-last in the Eastern Conference. Last week they took on D.C. United and walked away victorious 1-0. The lone goal of the night came from one of the youngest players on the pitch, 18-year-old Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla. This was also Montreal’s first clean sheet, they have shipped 14 goals overall, nine of which were in away games.

Crew SC next visits the Montreal Impact on May 13 before visiting Toronto FC on May 21 and the New England Revolution on May 26.

The Black & Gold return to MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus to host the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders on May 31. 

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