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Goalie Jon Kempin will try keep D.C. United rolling vs. CF Montreal

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Amid their best stretch of the season, D.C. United will try to overcome the loss of their starting goalkeeper to injury when they host CF Montreal on Sunday.

Bill Hamid sustained a hamstring injury in the first half of the club’s win Wednesday at Columbus and will be sidelined for five to six weeks. D.C. United (7-7-3, 24 points) enter Sunday’s match unbeaten in four straight and 3-1-2 in their past six.

Goalkeeper Jon Kempin stepped in in relief on Wednesday and is expected to slide into the starter’s role. The 28-year-old, in his first season with the club, has started three times this season.

“Jon has been around the league a long time, so he knows how it works,” center back Steven Birnbaum told The Washington Post. “We have all the confidence in him. He’ll come up with some big saves here and there. He’s a steady guy.”

D.C. has won three straight at home after winning only three of its previous 13 home matches. It’s the club’s longest stretch of home victories since a five-game winning streak to close out the 2018 season.

Montreal (6-6-5, 23 points) will look to bounce back after blowing a two-goal lead against Atlanta United on Wednesday to settle for a 2-2 draw.

They’ll aim to do so without several key starters, who will miss the contest due to suspension. Midfielder Victor Wanyama and defender Rudy Camacho will sit after each received a red card against Atlanta, while center back Aljaz Struna will sit due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

Montreal head coach Wilfried Nancy reminded his team that mistakes have led to the goals allowed of late, and awareness at both ends of the pitch will be key.

“(D.C. United is) very good on the counterattack,” Nancy said. “It’ll be up to us to manage those moments where they are vulnerable defensively. When we attack, we have to be very vigilant with the ball because they’re very good on the counter.”

Montreal has won three of its past five matches at D.C.

–Field Level Media

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