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Power outage: Without stars, DC United, Montreal Impact play to 0-0 draw

Without their star attacking players, neither the Montreal Impact or DC United found the back of the net in a 0-0 draw Tuesday night at Audi Field.

Without the suspended Wayne Rooney, D.C. United (3-1-2) were unable to put a shot on target, while the Impact failed to score for a second consecutive game without the injured Ignacio Piatti. 

The Impact (2-2-2) now shift their focus to Saturday’s home opener against the Columbus Crew. On their end, D.C. United will head to Dick’s Sporting Good Park to take on the Colorado Rapids. 

The Impact, who had their first two-game week of the season, opted for squad rotation. Mathieu Choiniere, Zachary Brault-Guillard and Clement Bahiya all earned their first MLS starts at Audi Field. Anthony Jackson-Hamel also started his first game of the season, replacing Maxi Urruti who served a one-game red card suspension.

After a first half with no recorded shots on target, both sided called to their benches to add offensive prowess to the game. On the Impact’s side Orji Okwonkwo and Harry Novillo subbed on, while Quincey Amarikwa stepped onto the pitch for DC United, but neither team was able to solve the other.

After a six-game road trip, the Impact managed to collect eight points out of a possible 18. Remi Garde’s squad is already two points away from their 11-point road tally from last season.  

Apr 9, 2019; Washington, DC, Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United midfielder Chris McCann (16) dribbles the ball as Montreal Impact defender Zachary Brault-Guillard (15) chases in the first half at Audi Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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