Surging CF Montreal takes on lowly DC in regular season home final

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With just two games left in CF Montreal’s season, second place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference looks to be all but locked in – barring an unexpected collapse of first place Philadelphia Union.

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The final push into the postseason begins on Saturday (7:30 p.m., TSN4, TVA Sports, TSN 690, 91.9 Sports) when Montreal (18-9-5) hosts a struggling DC United team at Stade Saputo.

United (7-19-6) have started slowly this year and have never recovered, winning only once in their last 11 games. The club was the first MLS team to be knocked out of the playoffs.

Despite their opponent’s recent form, Montreal head coach Wilfried Nancy has made it a priority for his team to stay focused on each game without looking too much forward.

“Every opponent is taken very seriously,” said Montreal defender Zachary Brault-Guillard. “In other years we used to play well against the top teams and move away from the lower ranked teams, so it’s important to stay focused.

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“It will be a sold-out crowd for our last home game of the season and we want to end it on a high note.”

Montreal, five points behind the Union, was in fine form before the recent international break.

The team is on a four-game unbeaten streak and has lost just one of its last 13 games. The team also racked up 30 points in that span, more than any other 13-game span in club history.

Montreal’s consistency at home and on the road has been one of the club’s most notable improvements this season.

“It’s something we’ve been building on since last year and we know what it takes to keep the momentum going,” said midfielder Joaquin Torres. “We are always looking to improve, no matter what time of year.”

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