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CF Montreal takes momentum into Atlanta United FC matchup

Field Level Media
15 May 2021, 09:05 GMT+10

CF Montreal desperately needed an offensive jolt, and Bjorn Johnsen gave them one Wednesday night, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win for the Impact against Inter Miami CF.

Montreal (2-1-2, 8 points) finds itself tied for the top spot in the Eastern Conference after five games and will try to keep the momentum going when they face host Atlanta United FC (1-1-2, 5 points) on Saturday night.

Romell Quioto and Djordje Mihailovic each had assists for the Impact, who snapped a three-game winless streak despite enduring a two-hour, 21-minute weather delay in the second half.

"It was difficult," Johnsen said. "We were sitting there and they were telling us a 30-minute delay. Then another 30. They just kept adding on and adding on. You don't know what to do. Some people warmed up. Then, an hour later, they had to do it again."

Atlanta hopes to break a four-match winless streak by channeling the offensive cohesion it showed during its only home contest of the season, a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on April 24.

Ezequiel Barco, who scored a goal in the victory over the Fire, is expected to miss his third consecutive game with a hamstring injury, as is Jurgen Damm (muscle strain).

Josef Martinez scored a goal Saturday against Inter Miami in a 1-1 draw was a step forward for Atlanta's dynamic striker as he continues to work his way back from an ACL injury. Martinez is ready to prove he is all the way back.

"I don't know if (the defender) made a mistake or if I showed skill," Martinez said, responding to a query about his goal. "(Javier) 'Chicharito' (Hernandez) scores a bad goal and he's considered a big-time player. When I score like that it's the defender's fault."

Lisandro Lopez, Alec Kann, Mo Adams and Machop Chol are also out for Atlanta. Mihailovic left the game in the 37th minute against Miami with a lower-body injury. Montreal is still expecting to be without Luis Binks, Mason Toye, Zachary Brault-Guillard and Ballou Tabla.

--Field Level Media

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