The surging teams will be looking to head into the World Cup break on a high note.
The Impact are surprisingly on a three-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, with the most recent two matches ending in victory for the Quebec side. Montreal stunned Eastern Conference-leading New England Revolution with a 2-0 win in its last league game, then followed that up with a 1-0 triumph over Toronto FC to claim the Voyageurs Cup as Canadian champion.
That kind of momentum has been sorely needed for the Impact, who occupy the basement in the East thanks to an horrific opening three months of the 2014 campaign. The visiting side, D.C. United, has been much better this season and currently sits in third place in the conference.
Ben Olsen's team has also had a good run of form recently, having only lost one of its last six matches. Included in that stretch is United's previous meeting with the Impact — a 1-1 draw at RFK Stadium on May 17.
A similar result would be an acceptable achievement on the road for D.C. prior to the World Cup break, especially given the dead-even history these two sides have shared since Montreal joined the league for the 2012 season.
However, the full three points would catapult Olsen's men into sole possession of the Eastern Conference lead, something that will surely be on the minds of both sides when the game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET (MLS Live).