COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a 0-0 draw against New York City FC on Saturday night at Stade Saputo, another important matchup awaits CF Montréal (11-8-3) as the team takes on the Columbus Crew (7-5-9) this Wednesday night at 7:30 pm EDT at Field (TVA Sports, TSN, 91.9 Sports, TSN 690).  

CF Montréal will be looking for its sixth win on the road this season. The team has 36 points after 22 games, a new Club record since entering MLS.

While a gap is beginning to widen in the East between the top four teams and their pursuers, only four points separate 10th place (Charlotte) from fifth (Orlando). 

“This is the same thing as any team: we respect them but we also want to win the battle," said head coach Wilfried Nancy. "This is what my players did during the last couple of games. Columbus is a really good team. I like their new player Cucho, who is really good, as well as Zelarayan. They have a lot of good players. The fact that Cucho came in boosted their energy so it won’t be easy. We have to respect the way we play and we need to be really aggressive against this kind of player.”

After suffering three consecutive losses on the road to begin the season, Montreal has won five of its last eight away games, including a 2-1 win in Washington on July 23. Those five road wins are a new record for the Club as well.

The Montrealers have lost in Columbus in 10 of their last 14 encounters, including the playoffs. The Crew boasts a home win rate against Montreal of 71.4%, their second best at home against an opponent they’ve hosted 10 or more times in MLS.

Forward Romell Quioto has scored six goals in his last seven starts, while Kei Kamara has collected six goals and two assists in 17 career regular season games against the Ohio club.

Undefeated in their last nine games, Columbus will have fresh legs after last Saturday's game in Charlotte was cancelled due to inclement weather. The hosts have therefore not played a game since July 23.

“This will be an interesting game," mentioned defender Alistair Jonhston. "A postponed game doesn’t happen often — they will be fresher than what most teams would be going into a 3-game week as we are. Not having 90 minutes in the legs will definitely help. It’s definitely tight in the playoff race. We understand that this will be a 6-point game and we need to win these games. It will be a difficult place to play at — they have a really nice stadium and a good crowd so we’re expecting a really difficult match but we’re ready for it.”