There are five games remaining in the Impact season, and it can be said that they will all be small finals, starting with Blue-White-Black at D.C. United on Saturday at Stade Saputo.
The meeting will be presented to TVA Sports, from 18:30.
"This is the most important game of the season, and it's against a team that lacks some elements," said Daniel Lovitz referring to the absence of suspended Wayne Rooney.
But beyond that, there is the ranking of the Eastern Association. The Impact ranks seventh with 37 points, two fewer than Washington's fifth place.
No need to have a doctorate in mathematics to understand that a win on Saturday would allow the Impact to make some progress in the standings, while D.C. would be pushed down.
Recall that both teams played a draw from 0 to 0 at the Audi Field last April.
Moreover, winning Saturday, the Impact would line up two consecutive wins for the first time since June 5 and 26.
It does not matter Rooney
It was mentioned, Wayne Rooney did not make the trip since he is under suspension. He is serving an extra match for beating Cristian Casseres of the New York Red Bulls.
His absence makes no difference to Wilmer Cabrera's game plan.
"They play without Rooney, and we do not have Piatti," he simply gave up.
As for Lovitz, he asserts that the presence or absence of English does not matter. He even pushed the audacity to launch a point at the place of former teammates.
"In the past, some players were more concerned about the possibility of getting his jersey than play against him," he said in a tone a bit bitter.
It's a shame for the fans since it was his last visit to Montreal before leaving the MLS to become a player-coach with Derby who plays Championship, the second division of England.
To return to the match, many players of the Impact have not yet forgotten the defeat of 5 to 0 suffered at the Audi Field in September 2018 and that came virtually destroy all hope of making the playoffs, last year.
"I'd like to give them a 5-0 loss here, I think we owe them that," Lovitz said with conviction.
"We are very close to them in the standings, I hope we will briefly rub shoulders to them by passing them to no longer hear from them then," added the defender.
And D.C. is going through a pretty tough time, scoring just one win in his last seven games (1-5-1).
The left-back also argues that the 2-1 win against Vancouver on Wednesday should serve as a driver on Saturday.
"A nice win at home is certainly important in the middle of a very busy week. We have to replicate this kind of performance in order to be consistent. "
For the Impact to be successful in this meeting, Daniel Lovitz believes he should put pressure on D.C. rather than cash.
"We have to be the aggressor, play with confidence and rely on what we did well on Wednesday. It's a last 90-minute effort before a break, there's no reason for us not to open the machine. "
Moreover, the defender is not one of those who will constantly look at the ranking to know where the team is and what are the various scenarios.
"Watching the games we have left and trying to assess how many points we can get is a dangerous strategy in my opinion."
"It has the effect of diluting the importance of each of the games we are about to play."