A huge challenge for the Impact

Sport 24 September, 2017

Photo: Frank Gunn, The canadian Press
The club has offered an inspired performance at BMO Field to defeat Toronto FC, the 20th September last.

The Face of Minnesota United and the Toronto FC, the Montreal Impact showed the best and the worst of him-even a few days apart. In the Face of the Atlanta United, Sunday, he will not have the choice to show it in its best light.


The formation of the Georgia is unbeaten in its last five outings (4-0-1), a sequence during which she has scored nineteen goals while conceding only five. What’s more, the Atlanta United (13-8-7) has not lost at home since April 30, and has a record of 9-2-2 over its surface.


As to the Impact (11-12-6), the team has recovered from an embarrassing 3-2 loss at home against Minnesota United in offering an inspired performance at BMO Field to defeat the TFC 5-3, putting an end to his streak of four setbacks.


“As much as the game against Minnesota hurt us, both against Toronto, we gave hope,” said goalkeeper Evan Bush. We are again in a position where we believe we can continue our climb in the standings. This will not be easy, far from it. [The Atlanta United] rolls to the bottom of the train. This will be one of our biggest challenges of the season. “


“It will be in the same state of mind. Against Toronto, we said that we had no choice but to win and we won, ” said midfielder Ignacio Piatti, author of two goals and as many helpers in the Queen City. It is a bit the same situation [against Atlanta]. It remains five games, they all need to be win to have a spot in the playoffs. […] This is our way of seeing things. “


Several players from the Atlanta United know a good sequence, including the attacker Josef Martinez, author of 17 goals in 15 matches.


“He is very strong in the area, observed the head coach, Mauro Biello. I think that this is a guy who is always in your blind spot. We need to constantly know where he is. We need to control its space, especially in the surface. “




The home side will also have to have eyes all around the head to counter the midfielders Hector Villalba, Miguel Almiron and Yamil Asad.


“It is going to play in transition. It is there that he will have to pay attention to these four players, ” added Biello. When we are in attack, it’ll have to be careful, because they can do us wrong with their speed. “


“They are as dangerous as the TFC when he is in health, has noted Bush. As we did Wednesday, we will need to stay compact and take advantage of our chances. If we could score first and take the time, we forcerions to open the game, which we would create more space. “


“Josef Martinez scored a lot of goals. It is very important for Atlanta, ” said Piatti. Him, “Tito” Villalba, Asad, Almiron, they have a very good team. […] It will work and not give space to their attackers. From our side, it will be required to mark. “


To monitor


The Impact is currently in seventh place in the East with 39 points, three rows behind the Red Bulls of New York city and five behind the Columbus Crew, which has played a match more. These two clubs face off Saturday, a duel that the club will follow with attention.


“Me, I think the Red Bulls will have to win,” said Piatti. Like that, a victory in Atlanta we would be close to two points [in Columbus] with a game in hand. “Biello, however, did not want to get wet.


“We’re going to focus on what we have to do, he said with restraint. We are going to watch the matches, but every week, we see things that we cannot explain. For our part, we must do our job and collect points. “