Streaking RSL aiming for first win at Montreal
It has been six years since Real Salt Lake last won four consecutive MLS matches. They have never won a game at Montreal.
Visiting Salt Lake looks to end both droughts Wednesday night against an Impact side aiming to keep its winless stretch from reaching a season-high four straight contests.
Salt Lake (6-6-1, 19 points) opened the season 1-4-1, but has won five of seven since to move above the playoff line in the Western Conference. RSL have outscored their opponents 8-3 during a winning streak that reached three games following a riveting 2-1 home victory over defending MLS champion Atlanta United on Friday night.
RSL’s Sebastian Saucedo opened the scoring in the 36th minute and things looked good for the hosts until Josef Martinez equalized for Atlanta in the 78th. However, Jefferson Savarino delivered a blistering strike from outside the box in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give Salt Lake the dramatic win.
“We all know that we have very good players and talented players,” Saucedo told Salt Lake’s official website.
“There’s a reason why we should at least have a chip on our (shoulder) and say, ‘You know what, we just beat (the defending champions) and we can keep going towards the next game,'” added Saucedo, who has scored both of his goals this season in the last two contests.
RSL last won four in a row while going 4-0-0 through June 2013. Salt Lake has been outscored 10-4 while losing all three visits to Montreal, so the opportunity to change history is there.
Montreal (6-6-3, 21 points), meanwhile, is 0-2-1 since winning at the New York Red Bulls on May 8. The Impact are also 0-1-1 at home since winning their first two there.
They’ll need a better overall performance after falling behind 4-0 over 55 minutes in a 4-2 loss at Los Angeles FC. Montreal benefited from an own goal and Saphir Taider’s successful penalty kick late.
“I think we should be disappointed,” defender Daniel Lovitz told the Impact’s official website. “I think we should look at it objectively and try to figure out what we can do better.”
Taider snapped an eight-game goal drought. However, none of his four goals this season have come at home.
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