Following a comeback victory in their opener, the Montreal Impact have a chance to record back-to-back MLS road victories for the first time since 2016.
The Impact continue their opening six-game stretch away home Saturday against the busy Houston Dynamo, whom they've never beaten on the road.
After two seasons without a playoff appearance, Montreal got this year off to a strong start by rallying for a 2-1 victory at San Jose last Saturday. Trailing 1-0 after 11 minutes, the Impact began their comeback with Ignacio Piatti's goal in the 29th minute.
Then, just before the half, midfielder Saphir Taider, who assisted on Piatti's goal, scored via a set-up from Zakaria Diallo to put Montreal ahead for good.
"We're stronger mentally this year," Taider, who has seven goals over his last 17 MLS games, told the Impact's official website.
"On the field, certain details show the progress we've made, and the team is pretty solid."
Their mental toughness should be tested during this opening run of road matches, and by any potential distraction that may arise from an MLS.com report stating that Lyon could be interested in Impact coach Remi Garde for a summer move.
Montreal last won two straight league road contests on Oct. 27 and Nov. 6, of 2016. According to MLS.com, they've never won a match in Houston, but do have a draw in seven matches in the city.
The Dynamo will be playing their third match in all competitions over an eight-day stretch. They opened the MLS slate with a 1-1 draw vs. Real Salt Lake last Saturday, then fell to Tigres in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday.
"It's a disappointing result, but I thought we played decent, we didn't play bad," Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis told the club's official website of the Tigres setback.
"Focus on Montreal now."
Mauro Manotas has 30 MLS goals since the start of the 2017 season and scored Houston's only one against Real Salt Lake, an equalizer in the 62nd minute.