Atlanta United FC haven't won an MLS match in nearly a month, last leaving the pitch with a victory on April 2 when they topped D.C. United 1-0. Since then, the Five Stripes have suffered two losses and a draw in league play.
The Five Stripes hope that their winless streak ends on Saturday, when they travel north of the border to face CF Montreal in Quebec.
Montreal (3-3-2, 11 points) and Atlanta (3-3-2, 11 points) have identical records and are tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference table with Toronto FC.
The two sides last met on March 19, settling for a draw in a highlight-filled match that ended with a 3-3 score in Atlanta. Since then, Montreal has fared much better on the pitch, notching three wins and a draw, and scoring nine goals along the way. In all, Montreal is unbeaten in its last five league games.
Still, captain Victor Wanyama believes the club can continue to improve.
"No one is satisfied with the way we are playing. We are still working hard to maintain this record," Wanyama told reporters. "We don't give up. We have our way that we play with, and we fight together as a team."
Montreal is sixth in the league in goals scored with 14 this season, a mark that is third-best in the Eastern Conference. Leading the scoring charge is Djordje Mihailovic, who has four goals and three assists on the season.
If Atlanta wants to end its winless streak, it will have to figure out how to stifle Mihailovic, seen by many as an early season MVP contender.
The Five Stripes are dealing with numerous injuries this season and moved goalkeeper Brad Guzan (Achilles), midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (ACL) and goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira (Achilles) to the season-ending injury list earlier this week.
Because of its depleted depth at goalkeeper, Atlanta recalled 21-year-old Justin Garces from his loan, then added 19-year-old Rocco Ríos Novo on-loan from Club Atletico Lanus. Veteran Bobby Shuttleworth started for Atlanta last week against Inter Miami CF in a 2-1 loss.
Atlanta also signed Noah Cobb, 16, to a short-term agreement Friday. Starting defender George Campbell (adductor) is week-to-week with an injury.
"It was obviously a difficult month in terms of results, in terms of travel, but it's our job to get through these," defender Andrew Gutman said.
--Field Level Media