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Revolution look to stay on a roll in Montreal

The Revolution will look to clinch a third consecutive playoff berth and extend their winning streak to a club-record seven games as they head to Canada Saturday night to face the Montreal Impact.

The Revolution, who are 13-9-7 overall and 7-0-1 since July, are the hottest team in MLS. Meanwhile, Montreal (9-11-6) is unbeaten in its last three contests.

This marks the Revolution’s only visit of the season to Montreal’s Stade Saputo, a venue where they clinched a playoff spot last year. In their last four visits to Montreal, the Revolution are 2-1-1.

New England earned a 0-0 draw with Montreal at Gillette Stadium back on March 21 in the home opener. The Revolution also close out their home slate against Montreal Oct. 17.

Diego Fagundez has been leading the Revolution offense, with goals in four straight games. On the other side, Montreal’s Didier Drogba recently broke the record by former New England striker Zack Schilawski for quickest MLS hat trick, with Drogba getting one in just his second game.

“He’s world-class any way you slice it,” Revolution coach Jay Heaps said of the former Chelsea striker. “He can score goals, hold up the ball, find different ways to beat you, and he’s still a physical presence.”

Defensively, Montreal will be without Ambroise Oyongo, who was shown a red card in a 1-1 draw at San Jose Wednesday.

The Revolution, however, will get back Jermaine Jones, who missed Wednesday’s match with the New York Red Bulls because of yellow card accumulation.

The Revolution have struggled on the road this season — registering just 14 points in 14 games, with a minus-11 goal differential — and the Impact have been tough to beat at home, earning 23 points in 13 matches, with a plus-8 goal differential.

“Any time you go on the road, you’re going to have to be turned on and tuned in to every play,” Heaps said. “I thought that our last couple games weren’t our best from a play standpoint. I think we have more to offer.”

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