Friday, August 17, 2012

The Impact faces the San Jose Earthquakes at Stade Saputo Saturday - Boxscore

MONTREAL, Quebec - The Montreal Impact (10-13-3) look to make it four wins in a row when the Western Conference leading San Jose Earthquakes (14-5-5) come to town this Saturday, at 7:30pm (ET), at Stade Saputo.

The Impact announced Wednesday that less than 2,000 tickets are left for the matchup. The remaining seats for this game can be purchased through and 1-855-790-1245.

This will be the first ever matchup between these two clubs, and their only meeting of the 2012 season.

The Impact is currently battling for a playoff spot and sits in sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, only three points behind D.C. United.

The Impact is unbeaten in its last four games at home, having taken its last match at Stade Saputo by a 2-0 score versus the Philadelphia Union. Andrew Wenger (4G) and Felipe (4G, 8A) scored in the win. Over the four game span at home, the Impact outscored its opponents 9-3.

The Impact has not allowed a goal in its last 213 minutes of play. New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry is the last player to score against Montreal, back on July 28.

Team news

In its last game, the Impact beat the New England Revolution 1-0 last Saturday in Massachusetts to earn its second road win of the season. Midfielder Sanna Nyassi (5G, 2A) scored the game's only goal on a counter break that saw him dribble from his own 18 yard line before beating the goalkeeper with a blast from just outside the box, earning him the AT&T Goal of the Week. Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins, making his first start for his new team, earned the Save of the Week in the shutout.

Defender Nelson Rivas will not be available for the game as he will be serving the second of a three-game suspension for a red card infraction against the Union.

INJURY REPORT: OUT: M Justin Mapp - Left groin strain, F Bernardo Corradi - Left knee ACL tear, F Eduardo Sebrango, Left shoulder separation; DOUBTFUL: F Sanna Nyassi - Right hip flexor strain; QUESTIONABLE: D Alessandro Nesta - Right knee sprain; PROBABLE: D Zarek Valentin - Left ankle sprain

Earthquakes news

The San Jose Earthquakes are currently the best team in MLS with 47 points. However, the Quakes are winless in their last three away games, having most recently fallen to the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on July 22, but they are coming off of a 2-1 win versus the Seattle Sounders last weekend at home.

Forward Chris Wondolowski leads the league in scoring with 17 goals in just 22 games, and will be available for the matchup despite an appearance for the U.S. national team on Wednesday. Defender Steven Beitashour and forward Alan Gordon were also called by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

The Quakes will miss Gordon's nine goals this season as he serves a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.

Defender Victor Bernardez and midfielder Marvin Chavez, who leads the team in assists with nine, were named to the Honduras national team for its midweek friendly as well.

Midfielder Shea Salinas (L - hamstring strain) will miss the game due to injury, along with former Impact midfielder Joey Gjertsen, who's been out all season with knee surgery. Gjertsen scored four goals in 66 games with the Montreal Impact between 2007 and 2009, then in the North American second division.

San Jose has made a habit of scoring late goals as 17 of the team's markers have come in the game's final 15 minutes, while a total of 29 goals have come in the final 30.

Next games

The Impact U21 plays at the same time as the first team this Saturday (7pm), on the road, as it takes on Kingston FC at Invista Centre.

The first team will play its next game at home versus D.C. United, one of the team's it's chasing for a playoff spot, on August 25, at 4pm (ET) at Stade Saputo. Individual tickets for games at Stade Saputo are available via the Admission Network. Three-game partial plan at Stade Saputo are now available, starting at $53, by calling 514-328-3668, via Special family and friend packages, as well as new student rates are also available.

Game Notes

The Impact has already scored 36 goals this season, four goals short of the expansion record set by the Portland Timbers in 2011 with 40.

Midfielder Davy Arnaud needs just three goals to reach 50 career MLS goals. Arnaud is first in the league with 66 fouls suffered.

The Montreal Impact is currently first among MLS teams with seven goals on penalty kicks and 82 offsides, third with 331 fouls committed, as well as fourth with 337 shots and 36 goals.

Midfielder Felipe is eighth in the league with eight assist and is third with 52 fouls suffered, while teammate Patrice Bernier is tied for 13th with five assists.

Goalkeeper coach Preston Burpo briefly played with the Earthquakes in 2008.

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