Montreal (12-7-6) at New England (10-9-7), 7:30 p.m. The final two months of the season figure to be filled with games that pit two playoff contenders against one another, and Sunday's clash between the Montreal Impact and New England Revolution certainly falls into that category.
The Impact enters the weekend in a three-way tie atop the Eastern Conference with Sporting Kansas City and Red Bull New York, while the Revs linger only five points behind in fifth place and could be poised for a charge further up the table.
With things so tight in the East, every point is valuable at this stage of the season, and Montreal forward Marco Di Vaio is well aware of how important it is to get points away from home this time of year.
"We have to pick up points away like we did early this season," Di Vaio said. "It's very important: it might be the difference between fifth place leading to the wild card game and the top of the table sending us directly into the playoffs."
The Impact earned a 0-0 draw in Philadelphia last time out, and would like to follow up that result with at least another point at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
Sporting is the only team that is currently sitting with a .500 record away from home in Major League Soccer at 5-5-3, so Montreal's road mark of 3-6-3 isn't terrible.
But the Impact will have to overcome a few absences on Sunday if they are going to take anything away from the match.
Both Maxime Crepeau and Zakaria Messoudi are on international duty, while the injury news on newcomers Hernan Bernardello and Adrian Lopez is not good.
Midfielder Bernardello is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury sustained in the draw with the Union, while defender Lopez could be facing a longer spell on the sidelines after a training injury on Tuesday.
New England is also coming off of a draw on the road as the Revs finished in a 1-1 deadlock with Toronto FC last Friday.
The Revs have earned five points from their last three games, but will be a bit disappointed with the draw after Diego Fagundez gave the team a 1-0 lead inside of two minutes.
"You don't want to change the mentality," New England defender A.J. Soares said after his team took an early lead in Toronto. "We came out and played really good soccer in the first five minutes and we wanted to continue but they did a good job of preventing us from playing our soccer and they played very well. They are a professional team and they are going to come at us."
The Revs allowed Andrew Wiedeman to score the equalizer just before halftime, and the second 45 minutes produced more cards than scoring chances.
New England may have wanted all three points, but the club can at least be pleased with the recent form of Fagundez, who has notched two goals and two assists in the club's last two outings.