The New York Red Bulls will face the Montreal Impact for the first this this season on Wednesday night. The last time the two faced off was in late October in CONCACAF Champions league. We all know how that ended...
Montreal has won three of their last four matches and have just signed former Chelsea superstar Didier Drogba (who is now available in MLS Fantasy for $10.0M). They can move into a playoff spot with a win versus RBNY. Here are the top performers for Montreal this season:
Evan Bush (GK, 80 points; 4 clean sheets, 67 saves): Bush has appeared in all but one game for Montreal. He and his defense have been highly inconsistent. There has been a nine game stretch where he has let up either no goals, or 2+ goals. Unfortunately for them, the 2+ goals have occurred six times out of those nine. RBNY could find their way to the net multiple times.
Laurent Ciman (DEF, 99 points; 2 goals, 2 assist, 4 clean sheets): The Belgian national team and former Standard Liege defenseman has made a large "impact" for his new team this season. He and Evan Bush have the same exact minutes played this season. He could be the toughest competition for BWP.
Ignacio Piatti (MID, 105 points; 8 goals, 4 assists): Last season, Piatti finished with 12 goals, so he is on pace to beat that mark. He just scored two goals against NYCFC, so RBNY will need to keep him in check so he doesn't start a hot streak.
Dominic Oduro (FWD, 50 points; 5 goals): Despite missing five games, Oduro is Montreal's top scoring striker. He has scored double-digit points twice in the last four games (three goals over that time period), so he is starting to get some traction. He is a big target, so Matt Miazga and the back line will need to match his physicality.
RBNY will also face former players Eric Alexander (27 points) and Ambroise Oyongo (45 points). They were dealt to Montreal during the trade for Felipe Martins (88 points) and the #1 allocation spot (where they picked up Sacha Klejestan (94 points) in the offseason). I think RBNY got the better end of the deal. Oh... we have Jesse Marsch, too.