The Chicago Fire (2-4-1) take on the Montreal Impact (4-1-1) tomorrow at Stade Saputo in Montreal. Both teams are coming off home games to Columbus.
Chicago are headed, for the first time this year to the Great White North to take on Montreal and are looking for a second win in a row. The question is now if Chicago can play consistently moving forward in the season. Assistant Coach Mike Matkovich brings this point to light, “Now the key is moving to Montreal, the consistency, can we put it together game in and game out and can you play like that on the road?”
The struggles finding consistency at the back are likely to make a reappearance with Wells Thompson, who in my opinion has done well at the right back position, will be serving his suspension for his tackle in last week’s game against the Columbus Crew.
With Arne Fredrich still out, the question arises, who will be playing at right back for the Men in Red? There seem to be two logical possibilities in Logan Pause and Mike Videira. Taking Pause out of the midfield however may be a tactical mistake that Chicago would be best to avoid as he has been a strong point in the Chicago midfield in the last two games. If it’s up to me, Videira gets the start especially after he looked good in the position in Kansas City.
Montreal are sitting third in the Eastern conference with two games in hand to Sporting KC and one game in hand to the Houston Dynamo, the two teams above them. When asked about coming off of the home win to Columbus Coach Matkovich was already looking forward, “Montreal is off to a great start so you have to give them some credit where they’re at right now. We went out there last year and got a point out of it… it’s going to be a difficult game they have some good players, they are very dynamic… Hopefully we can get up there and get some points out of it that will be the key at the end of the day.”
Chicago are hoping for a point, Montreal look to continue their dominance in the conference. It will be a tight game, and I predict a 1-1 score line. See if I’m right and catch the match on NBC Sports.