A scenario series for the Impact
Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
The Toronto FC defeated the Impact in canadian Championship final in June.
The last time that the Impact has faced Toronto FC, the match was ended in the chaos and the club had received a goal from Sebastian Giovinco in stoppage time to lose the final of the canadian Championship soccer.
The midfield star of the Impact Ignacio Piatti had not finished this duel of 27 last June, injured the hamstring, and captain Patrice Bernier was ejected for a red card, a debatable point.
On the side of the MLS, the Impact lay in the shallows of the ranking of the Association Is.
The situation has changed for the blue-white-black, which is now in a position to access the series following a sequence of four victories. Piatti is also at the top of his form, with six goals during that sequence.
The first duel between the Impact (10-8-6) and Toronto FC (15-3-8) in MLS this season could not have come at a better time, as the Reds will be passing at Saputo Stadium Sunday.
“It is a very strong team and this will be a big message if we are in a position to win a fifth consecutive game this season, beating Toronto,” noted the midfielder Louis Béland-Goyette, earlier this week.
As for the Impact, Toronto FC is also on a roll, who hasn’t lost since the 1st of July — a defeat of 3-1 against FC Dallas. Since then, the troupe of Greg Vanney has compiled a record of 5-0-3, including a 3-0 victory over the Union in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
“They have a balanced team with key players who are shining, has analyzed the head coach of the Impact, Mauro Biello. They have made a few additions recently, but this is a team that plays with confidence and has depth. They play at a level that allows them to believe that they can beat anyone — home or abroad. I think we all know the history between the two teams. We want to erase the recent past with a good performance. “
Toronto FC has not only defeated the Impact in canadian Championship final in June, but it has also put an end to the course of the training in montreal in the series of the MLS last fall, the flying in the final of the Is.
“I don’t look at Toronto, this is not my problem, insisted the defender Laurent Ciman, who was selected by the national team of Belgium to play two qualifying matches in group H of the area UEFA for the world Cup. We play at home and we need to win for the supporters, to continue to improve and make the playoffs. Whether a team or another, this is not our problem. “
If Ciman insisted that the duel against Toronto was not of particular importance, Biello was, however, noted after the 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake last Saturday, that the players were raring to go for this game.
He has repeated this week that the time was ideal for this confrontation. “The players were hungry, he said. The players want to be successful, they want to work and they are ready to sacrifice themselves on the field. While the world grows together in the same direction and it can help to beat a team like Toronto. “
“Almost all our players are available and we see the difference in training,” added Biello. I can count about 25 players in the last few weeks, and everyone wants to play. There is competition, competition, at every position. It increases the level of concentration and it helps to highlight the quality on the pitch during matches. “
In addition to the sided defender, Ambroise Oyongo, whose season is over, the midfielder Marco Donadel could be the only other player to not be available Sunday for Biello. Donadel is still bothered by an injury to his knee and has practiced solo in the beginning of the week.
In addition Ciman, Blerim Dzemaili has also received an invitation from his national team, Switzerland, to take part in two qualifying matches of group B of the zone UEFA the 31 August and 3 September. The Impact will therefore be deprived of two of its pillars for its meeting of September 2, against the Fire in Chicago at Stade Saputo.