After holding their own on the road, the Montreal Impact finally hosts their home opener against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday at Stade Saputo.

Montreal is 2-2-2 (eight points) after a 0-0 tie at D.C. United on Tuesday.

"We showed that we can be competitive on the road," Impact midfielder Saphir Taider said. "At the end, we have a solid record and eight points in the standings after six road games."

The Crew (4-1-1, 13 points), looking to extend their winning streak to three and remaining atop the Eastern Conference, knows it will be a tough environment.

"It's always just a difficult place to play. I think that because of how they play," Crew midfielder Wil Trapp said. "Home or away, they are a wily type of team that can defend well. They can counterattack well, and they have guys that can hurt you.

"I think for this match in particular, they will be excited for the home opener, of course."

Montreal coach Remi Garde noted getting three points is important because the Impact will follow Saturday's match with away games vs. Philadelphia and New England.

"It's not completely behind us but it's a very, very good feeling to be back home at Stade Saputo," he said. "The atmosphere and support of the fans was amazing the second part of last season and we are looking forward to that again."

This will be the first time in Montreal's eight-year history in MLS that the home opener is at Stade Saputo. The previous seven, because of weather concerns, were under the dome at Olympic Stadium.

Both teams are on defensive runs. Montreal's Evan Bush has consecutive shutouts since a 7-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City on March 30.

Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen has a personal goal-less streak of 444 minutes with four straight shutouts. The lone Crew loss was 3-0 at Philadelphia on March 23 when Joe Bendik played for the injured Steffen.

The Impact will be without standout forward Ignacio Piatti (knee) for the fourth consecutive game.

--Field Level Media

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