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Three things you should know before the Revolution face the Impact

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Kelyn Rowe has been pretty good against the Impact and two other things you should know.

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The New England Revolution travel to Stade Saputo to face the Montreal Impact this Saturday. Here are three things you should know before the 5:30 pm kickoff.

1. Kelyn Rowe is the only Revolution player to appear in all 11 games against the Montreal Impact. Signed in 2012, Rowe entered the league at the same time as the Impact. In fact, Rowe has been pretty effective against them, scoring three goals and adding one assist. Can Rowe add to his team-leading numbers this Saturday? If he performs the way he did two weeks ago when he grabbed his 25th career goal in a game against the Vancouver Whitecaps then things look pretty good.

2. The Montreal Impact tend to score early then concede. The Impact have scored first in four of their last seven matches. It's an impressive stat that becomes downright depressing when you learn that the team has come away with three draws and a loss from those four games. With natural scorers like Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti on its roster, you know that the Impact are going to score. That said, they lack the mental toughness to hold onto results. Saturday's match will be interesting as the Revs are 1-5-3 when they allow the first goal.

3. The Impact have actually struggled since Drogba's return. Drogba sparked controversy at the beginning of the season when he decided to sit out for games played on turf. The Ivorian player made a couple of brief appearances early in the season before getting his first start on April 23. Since then, the Impact have struggled, only collecting one win in nine games. That said, there's no question that Drogba is one of the best pure scorers in the league as he currently has five goals and five assists in 10 appearances. The Revs know from first-hand experience how good Drogba is as he's collected a goal and an assist in two games against them.