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Back home, CF Montreal take on Cincinnati

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Two unbeaten streaks go head-to-head Saturday when CF Montreal return to their home pitch for the first time this season as they host FC Cincinnati.

Montreal (5-3-4, 19 points) have won two consecutive matches and are 3-0-2 in their past five. They can post their first three-game winning streak since winning four straight in the 2018 season.

And they’ll do so in Montreal for the first time since Sept. 9, 2020, when they completed a series of games in Canada before moving to temporary homes in the U.S.

The Impact, who played their first six home matches in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., will welcome 5,000 fans to Saputo Stadium in accordance with local health protocols.

“Coming home in fourth place in the Eastern Conference after so many games away, it’s good but we’re not satisfied,” defender Joel Waterman said.

Montreal defeated New York City FC in their most recent match on July 7. They’ll be looking for their first-ever win against FC Cincinnati, who have taken all three matches against them since joining MLS, including a 2-1 triumph back in May.

“We haven’t been able to beat them but we’ve had our chances to score,” Montreal head coach Wilfried Nancy said. “We’ll have a chance to change that (Saturday).”

Cincinnati (3-5-3, 12 points) are unbeaten in four straight league matches. The eight points recorded during that stretch is more than they managed in their previous 17 matches dating back to September (2-14-1).

The club remains without midfielder Allan Cruz and defender Ronald Matarrita, who are playing for Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

“We can always count on the players that we’re having and everyone is willing to work very hard for their spot, to take their opportunity when it’s been given to them,” head coach Jaap Stam told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “The roster of players that we’re having, everyone is working really hard and is very positive about what they need to contribute to the team.”

Cincinnati have been comfortable as the road team this season, going 3-2-2 on opposing pitches, with three wins and a draw in their last four away from home.

–Field Level Media

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