The anger from the New York Red Bulls' 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy may have faded, but the effects will linger for a while. Connor Lade and Damien Perrinelle are gone - for the rest of and bulk of the season respectively - after suffering injuries in SoCal.
On the plus side, Bradley Wright-Phillips escaped just healthy enough to get the nod from soon-to-be banned manager Jesse Marsch - so he can continue his quest for Juan Pablo Angel's RBNY MLS scoring record uninterrupted.
But the Montreal Impact should not be taken lightly. Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti are two of the best scorers in MLS and have both proven problematic for the Red Bulls in the recent past. Not to re-open any more old wounds, but in the 2nd match of the season Piatti helped lead Montreal to a 3-0 victory over the Red Bulls up in Canada en route to the Red Bulls' worst defeat of the year to date.
Both teams have made dramatic changes across the board since then but as of Saturday night will be jockeying for an improved position on the MLS table.
With Bradley healthy and Gonzalo Veron showing more and more promise, Jesse Marsch may instruct his temporary replacement to see how the two work side-by-side.
Here is the New York Red Bulls predicted XI vs Montreal Impact:
GK Luis Robles
DF Kemar Lawrence
DF Aurelien Collin
DF Ronald Zubar
DF Chris Duvall
MF Sean Davis
MF Sacha Kljestan
MF Alex Muyl
FW Gonzalo Veron
FW Bradley Wright-Phillips
It will also be interesting to see if Israeli loanee Omer Damari makes his debut for the team, as his paperwork is expected to be finalized for the game. Certainly the team could use a little bit of hope with Bradley Wright-Phillips somewhat unlikely to play all 90 minutes (as long as the team doesn't use all of its subs in the first 46 minutes!).
What do you think?