KeyBank Scouting Report | Montreal Impact vs. Portland Timbers | May 20, 2017

MATCH INFORMATION

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Kickoff: 12 noon (Pacific)
Location: Stade Saputo (Montreal, Quebec)
Forecast: Sunny, 53 degrees
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins, Jeffrey Hosking Fourth Official: Rubiel Vazquez
National TV: ROOT SPORTS
Talent: Jake Zivin (play-by-play), Ross Smith (analyst), Samantha Yarock (sideline reporter)
English Radio: 750 The Game (KXTG 750 AM, 102.9 FM)
Talent: Fletcher Johnson (host), Keith Bleyer (play-by-play), Brett Jacobs (analyst)
Spanish Radio: La GranD (KGGD 93.5 FM, 1150 AM)
Talent: Josue del Castillo (play-by-play), Ozkar Ramos (analyst)

MATCH PREVIEW

The Portland Timbers will travel to face the Montreal Impact on Saturday, May 20, at Stade Saputo. Beginning at 12 noon (Pacific), the match against Montreal will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS with local radio broadcasts on 750 AM/102.9 FM The Game (English) and La GranD 1150 AM/93.5 FM (Spanish). Heading into the match, the Timbers have been one of the strongest road teams over the past four seasons, ranking tied for the second-most road wins (16) in MLS since the start of the 2014 season. Montreal enters Saturday’s match coming off a 3-2 home loss to Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, May 13. Overall, the Impact are 1-2-1 at Stade Saputo. Forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel and midfielder Ignacio Piatti rank tied for the team-lead in goals scored (4).

LAST MATCH RECAP

The Portland Timbers drew Atlanta United FC 1-1 before a sold-out crowd of 21,144 fans on May 14. Defender Liam Ridgewell scored his first goal of the season, while midfielder David Guzmán tallied his fourth assist in 2017.

LAST TIME VS. MONTREAL IMPACT

The Portland Timbers battled the Montreal Impact to a 1-1 draw before a sold-out crowd of 21,144 fans at Providence Park on July 13, extending their unbeaten streak to eight games in league play.

ALL-TIME SERIES NOTES

Saturday’s match marks the sixth league meeting between the Timbers and Montreal, which joined MLS as an expansion club in 2012. Heading into Saturday’s game, the Timbers are unbeaten in their last three matches played against the Eastern Conference side, including two wins at Stade Saputo and a draw at Providence Park. In the only meeting between the two teams in 2016, the Portland and Montreal battled to a 1-1 draw at Providence Park, with forward Jack McInerney scoring the lone goal for Portland, while midfielder Ignacio Piatti managed to score for Montreal moments before halftime.

SCOUTING MONTREAL

Montreal enters Saturday’s match coming off a 3-2 home loss to Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, May 13. Overall, the Impact are 1-2-1 at Stade Saputo, losing their last two matches at home after defeating Atlanta United 2-1 on April 15. Forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel and midfielder Ignacio Piatti, who each scored in the loss against Columbus, rank tied for the team-lead in goals scored (4).

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