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Nashville SC brace for Impact as playoffs approach

Field Level Media
27 Oct 2020, 07:55 GMT+10

With the regular season nearing the Nov. 8 end, Nashville SC and the Montreal Impact have a match in Harrison, New Jersey, on Tuesday with Eastern Conference playoff implications.

Nashville (6-6-7, 25 points) is on a roll with two wins and a tie the past three games and a 3-1-4 mark over the last eight to move to eighth in the Eastern Conference.

Montreal (7-11-2, 23 points) holds the ninth of the 10 postseason spots in the East despite a losing three of four and seven of 10 (2-7-1). The Impact has three games remaining; Nashville has four.

"This is a big game on Tuesday," Nashville defender Walker Zimmerman said. "Montreal is a side that is very close to us on the table.

"It's important for us because three points for us also means zero points for them. It's a chance for big movement in the standings and ultimately for us, to get where we want to go, we need to make sure we're the team that gets three points."

The match is at Red Bull Arena where Montreal is playing its home games due to COVID-19 border restrictions by Canada that prohibit U.S. teams traveling there.

Montreal lost 3-1 to New York City FC on Saturday after first-year Impact coach Thierry Henry let the players return to Montreal during the week to visit their families. They were not allowed to train as a team during the stay and Henry said that might have contributed to the loss.

"I take the blame," he said. "Everything that's been happening, I take the blame for everything. It's as simple as that. I'm proud of them."

Nashville's 19 goals scored are second fewest in MLS, but Montreal has conceded an Eastern Conference-high 39 and has played 12 games without a shutout.

"We've kind of fallen back into our same habits of giving up cheap goals on our mistakes," Montreal defender Joel Waterman said.

--Field Level Media

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