The Following is a Press Release from the Montreal Impact:
IMPACT HOSTS RED BULLS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Return of Felipe, Ouimette and Marsch to Stade Saputo
MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact will take on the New York Red Bulls this Wednesday at 8pm, hosting former Impact players Felipe and Karl W. Ouimette, as well as head coach Jesse Marsch at Stade Saputo, in its second of three matches over an eight-day span.
“Every game is difficult in this league,” said Frank Klopas. “It’s a great opportunity at home to climb up the ladder and get points. We know we will be playing two good teams this week who are ahead of us, so we need to prepare and make sure that we continue to play well and get points.”
Aside from seeing some familiar faces, spectators for this game will also be privy to the club’s newest visage as DP Didier Drogba will be presented at halftime. There will also be a pre-game party for fans.
Excellent tickets still remain via ticketmaster.ca. Those attending the game are invited to use public transportation as the OSM concert at the Esplanade of Olympic Stadium will create traffic concerns.
Aside from the familiar faces of Felipe, Ouimette and Marsch on the sidelines, the Red Bulls have added Shaun Wright-Philipps during this transfer window, joining brother and last season’s goal scoring leader Bradley, as well as American international Sacha Kljestan.
“They are a good team and are on a roll,” said midfielder Calum Mallace. “For us, it’s a huge game. We are at home and facing an Eastern Conference opponent means it’s a six-point swing. We need to come into this and play our game.”
Following its win in New York over City FC last weekend, the team is just five points behind the Red Bulls for second overall in the Eastern Conference, holding one game in hand.
“They are a great team, you have to respect that, but we are really good at home,” added forward Dominic Oduro. “We are going to go out there, perform well, hopefully score a goal or two like we’ve been doing and finish the game off with a W.”
New York is 5-2-1 against Montreal, though most of the success has come at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are 4-0-0 against the Impact in New Jersey, but just 1-2-1 in trips to Montreal. New York is undefeated in its last three matches against the Impact, including three wins.
Newly acquired midfielder Johan Venegas, who can also play as a forward, is expected to be available for selection as he joined the team this week, but is coming off Gold Cup action with Costa Rica. However, midfielder Marco Donadel will miss the game with an automatic suspension after receiving his eight caution of the season against NYCFC.
The Impact plays its next game this Saturday, at 8pm, against D.C. United at Stade Saputo (RDS, TSN, TSN Radio 690, 98.5fm), tickets available via ticketmaster.ca.
MONTREAL, QC – APRIL 5: Peguy Luyindula #8 of the New York RedBulls kicks the ball in front of Hernan Bernardello #23 of the Montreal Impact during the MLS game at the Olympic Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)