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Montreal Impact take on New England Revolution in MLS tournament opener

Last Updated Jul 8, 2020 at 7:07 pm EDT

Montreal Impact's head coach Thierry Henry looks on during second half of an MLS soccer game against the New England Revolution in Montreal, Saturday, February 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Summary

Montreal's opening match of the MLS is Back tournament is Thursday, July 9 against the New England Revolution.


The game comes four months after Montreal defeated New England 2-1 in its 2020 MLS season opener.


FC Dallas withdrew from the tournament on Monday after 10 players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19.


MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact have a chance for a repeat performance when their Major League Soccer season resumes on Thursday.

It’s a detail that isn’t lost on head coach Thierry Henry, who is well aware the task won’t be simple as his club takes on the New England Revolution in its opening match at the MLS is Back tournament.

The game comes four months after Montreal defeated New England 2-1 in its 2020 MLS season opener Feb. 29 at Olympic Stadium.

“It’s never easy to beat a team twice, practically in a row, in the same season, but we’ll try to do it,” Henry said in a video conference Tuesday afternoon.

Henry said the two teams should offer up a different contest from their first duel. The Impact were missing midfielder Victor Wanyama for the showdown in Montreal, while the Revolution were without midfielder Carles Gil. Both players are at the MLS is Back tournament.

“Bruce Arena is an experienced coach. You have a player like (Gustavo) Bou, like Gil, these are players who can make a difference at any time, there are experienced players on this team,” Henry said.