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#GameDayEve FC Montreal Edition

by Marissa Blackman

Tomorrow, Wilmington Hammerheads FC begins a nine day stint that includes four games. The first match will be held approximately 957.4 miles away from home in Stade Saputo against USL newcomers FC Montreal.

The Montreal Impact affiliate is the only team below the Hammerheads in the Eastern Conference USL standings. Both clubs have only won once this season, and both clubs have more losses than any other result. Both clubs are also arguably moving in the right direction. Each club has transitioned from losing by three or four goals to losing by one goal or tying. The next logical step in the progression is to begin winning.

Victory in this match would put Montreal in tied eleventh place with the Hammerheads while a Wilmington victory would boost the Hammerheads up to tenth.

The upcoming run of back to back games could be a turning point for the Hammerheads. Although the schedule will be a test of endurance for the club, it also provides opportunity to gain twelve points. If the Hammerheads seize the opportunity to take three points from Montreal, Toronto, St. Louis, and Harrisburg, the club would have a total twenty points. While twenty still falls below the scores of league leaders, the addition would put the Hammerheads in the numerical neighborhood of the rest of the league, making playoffs a more likely possibility.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC last played on Saturday against the Richmond Kickers. The Hammerheads played promisingly throughout the first half, but, due to inclement weather and stadium power outages, the game never resumed after half time. The resulting 0-0 tie gave both clubs an additional point.The most recent FC Montreal match also occurred on June 20th. The Montreal side lost 1-0 to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

This match will certainly be intriguing. With two teams that need to add another victory to their record competing, the match could produce lots of goals. At the very least, the two clubs will really challenge one another.

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