Heavy snow in Montreal postponed Sounders FC’s regularly scheduled road game Saturday against the Impact, but an improved weather forecast has the teams ready to face off at 1 p.m. today.
The game was delayed 24 hours since Olympic Stadium, Montreal’s indoor venue, is restricted from hosting events with more than three centimeters (1.2 inches) of snow accumulation on the roof.
Sunday’s forecast is cold (with a high of 17 degrees) but clear.
That’s the good news. The bad news is both teams will be without arguably their most influential players.
Seattle star Clint Dempsey was issued a two-game suspension Friday by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for a low blow to Toronto FC defender Mark Bloom last week. For the Impact, forward Marco Di Vaio will be serving the last of his three-game ban dating to a fracas with the Houston Dynamo in the 2013 playoffs.
Di Vaio’s absence has been particularly noticeable in Montreal’s 0-2 start; the 37-year-old Italian scored 20 goals last season, third-most in the league, and was named to the MLS Best XI.
The Sounders should need no convincing of Montreal’s quality, having been swept in two MLS meetings.
The first was a 4-1 beating midway through the 2012 season as the Impact unveiled the newly renovated Saputo Stadium. Last year, Montreal came to Seattle and stunned the Sounders, 1-0, in their home opener at CenturyLink Field.
Schmid wasn’t reading too much into the one-sided nature of the series, agreeing with a question that referred to it as a “crazy-small sample size.”
He added: “Sometimes it just happens that way; you flip a coin twice, sometimes it comes up head twice.”