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Having halted their longest losing streak of the season in grand fashion, the Montreal Impact can now focus on ending some recent issues on the road.

The Impact look to avoid a fifth consecutive road defeat Saturday night against the slumping Colorado Rapids.

Montreal (10-11-3) managed just four goals during a four-game losing streak from June 29-July 20. However, they matched that total with relative ease in blasting Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 4-0 last Saturday. Lassi Lappalainen and Orji Okwonkwo each recorded a brace as the Impact won for the first time since June 26.

"To win games consistently in the long term, we need to do things correctly," coach Remi Garde told the Impact's official website. "We need to play good football, defend well, and attack well. Sometimes, you can win luckily, but (last) Saturday, there were a lot of ingredients back within my team that we need to win."

For Lappalainen, is was quite the MLS debut. The Finnish product had been with his new club roughly a week, but did not waste any time ingratiating himself to the Impact faithful.

"In my dreams, I had scored only one goal in my debut," he said. "It wasn't like my dream, but this is still pretty good."

With Lappalainen in tow, Montreal will need to concoct a similar recipe that Garde spoke of to end its longest road slide of 2019. It's a stretch that's been particularly rough considering the Impact were 4-3-2 away from home before this slide.

Though Montreal is 1-3-0 all-time at Colorado, it might be the ideal place to end that current road drought. The Rapids (5-12-5) are again last in the Western Conference while amid an 0-3-1 rut that followed their impressive 5-0-2 stretch.

Two of Colorado's last three defeats have come at home, while the most recent was at San Jose, 3-1 last weekend. The Rapids were already down 1-0, thanks to an own goal, after two minutes, and the Earthquakes had the game well in hand when Diego Rubio scored for the visitors in the 88th minute.

"We felt like we could have definitely been better," defender Keegan Rosenberry told the Rapids' official website. "We had a good mentality to stay in the game, though."

It's uncertain if Colorado keeper Tim Howard will be back in net after missing that contest with an apparent strain suffered against New York City FC on July 20. Meanwhile, leading scorer Kei Kamara (8 goals) returned to action against the 'Quakes, but went scoreless for a fifth straight match.

Updated August 1, 2019

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