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  • August 24, 2013
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MLS Preview: Montreal Impact - Houston Dynamo

MLS Preview: Montreal Impact - Houston Dynamo

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After less than stellar CCL performances, Montreal and Houston fight for the opportunity to run the table in the East.

One of these teams could break the deadlock in the East.

Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference has a bottleneck at the top. Houston, in the last playoff spot, is just three points out of first place. And while three of the teams in the top five have played 25 games this season, Montreal and Houston have played just 23. The team that wins this meeting will have the opportunity to take control of the top spot and keep it.

Historically, Montreal has a slight edge over Houston. The Impact have won two of the four league meetings, with one going to the Dynamo and one draw. In the one previous meeting between the two teams this season, Montreal won 2-0 on goals from Felipe Martins and Marco Di Vaio.

Di Vaio has been especially important to the Impact this season. The 37-year-old has put himself firmly in the Golden Boot race, scoring 13 goals in MLS, a full third of Montreal's total of 36.

While Will Bruin has been a solid offensive contributor in Texas, scoring half a dozen goals and adding as many assists, it's a stingy back line which has kept the Dynamo in the playoff hunt. The league's best defensive unit (tied with New England) is led by goalkeeper Tally Hall, and the Orange have given up just 23 goals.

Both of these sides were involved in CONCACAF Champions League play on Tuesday. Montreal lost 1-0 away to Guatemalan side Heredia on a late goal after playing the second half with 10 men, while Houston played out a scoreless draw in Trinidad with W Connection.

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1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
12Jeb BrovskyMidfielder
6Hassoun CamaraDefender
13Matteo FerrariDefender
13Alessandro NestaDefender
7Felipe MartinsMidfielder
8Patrice BernierMidfielder
21Justin MappMidfielder
23Hernán BernardelloMidfielder
9Marco Di VaioStriker
15Andrés RomeroStriker
30Evan BushGoalkeeper
26Adrain LopezDefender
11Sanna NyassiMidfielder
26Collen WarnerMidfielder
8Davy ArnaudMidfielder
-Andrea PisanuMidfielder
35Daniele PaponiStriker
1Tally HallGoalkeeper
4Jermaine TaylorDefender
8Kofi SarkodieDefender
26Corey AsheDefender
32Bobby BoswellDefender
11Brad DavisMidfielder
6Adam MoffatMidfielder
20Andrew DriverMidfielder
23Giles BarnesMidfielder
27B. GarcíaMidfielder
12Will BruinStriker
28Erich MarscheiderGoalkeeper
2Eric BrunnerDefender
-Warren CreavalleMidfielder
10A. LópezMidfielder
14Jason JohnsonMidfielder
23Cam WeaverStriker
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