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STATS Senior Writer

(AP) -- The New England Revolution hope a new stop in Canada finally results in a win there.

The Revolution are winless in seven previous games north of the border heading into their first-ever matchup with the expansion Montreal Impact on Wednesday night.

New England (6-8-4) is 0-2-5 in Canada, drawing in its lone trip to Vancouver with the other results in Toronto. The Revolution are 1-6-1 on the road this season as they begin a three-game trip.

"We've got to get some points on the road and it can't be a tie every fifth game or whatever," midfielder Benny Feilhaber said. "We really need to get some points and starting in Montreal, I know that's going to be a huge game for us to start off this three-game road trip."

New England defender Stephen McCarthy left Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Toronto with concussive-like symptoms, and is listed as questionable.

"We just don't want to force anything," coach Jay Heaps told the Revolution's official website. "We just want to see how his body reacts. It's reacted really well, but that's up to the doctors and our training staff."

Forward Jerry Bengtson has left the team to join Honduras for the Olympics. Bengtson scored one goal in his first two appearances with the club.

"Fortunately for him, he's leaving to go the Olympics, unfortunately for us we lose him for a couple of weeks," Heaps said.

Montreal (6-12-3) is in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind New England although the Impact have played three more games. The expansion club has allowed an average of 1.8 goals for the league's second-worst mark.

The Impact fell 2-1 at Philadelphia on Saturday, allowing the winning goal in the 91st minute after tying the contest two minutes earlier.

"We've had several games like that this year, that we just let slip away," coach Jesse Marsch said. "It's unacceptable, it's just frustrating."

Montreal is still not sure when defender Alessandro Nesta will make his club debut. The Italian star signed July 5 but is not available.

Another Italian, forward Marco Di Vaio, has yet to score in his first five games with the Impact.

"It's just not falling for him," Marsch said. "I still think he's a guy who's going to score a lot of goals in this league, for sure. It's just now trying to get that first one for him so he can get himself going."

The Impact have added numerous Europeans, with Swiss defender Dennis Iapichino getting five minutes in his debut Saturday.

Montreal will welcome Wednesday's return of forward Sanna Nyassi from suspension.

The Impact are wary of French striker Saer Sene, who leads New England with eight goals.

"They have some athletic players up front with Sene," Marsch told the Impact's official website. "They can get on the end of the good work that their midfielders do."

It is unclear whether Heaps will turn back to veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis, who was benched the last two games in favor of Bobby Shuttleworth.

Updated July 17, 2012

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