Impact: Michael Salazar and Louis Béland-Goyette will attract the praise of Biello

Sport 21 July, 2017

Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
“I have known of good matches and I’ve been reminded. Now I need to take advantage of the opportunities available to me”, commented Michael Salazar.

Even though many veterans have taken advantage of two weeks of leave, Mauro Biello has preferred to trust to the young people on Wednesday, and the coach has won his bet.


Biello has offered departures to Michael Salazar and Louis Béland-Goyette to the respective places of Dominic Oduro and Calum Mallace, and the Impact came at the end of the Union of Philadelphia by the score of 2-1.


Salazar has shone as a midfielder on the right flank and he hit the target in a second match in succession, while Béland-Goyette has won praise from his coach, despite an uneven performance.


Béland-Goyette was a first start in MLS after having played 15 minutes in 2014. “He was very good and it will only continue to improve, noted Biello about Béland-Goyette after the meeting. There is much talk of Ballou [Tabla] and [David] Choinière, but Louis is another young player who has a lot of talent. He just needs to continue to gain experience, to learn and to adjust to the speed and the physical aspect of the league. “


21 years old and a native of Pointe-Claire, Béland-Goyette had a great training camp at the beginning of the year before seeing his season derailed due to an injury to his knee during a stint with the canadian national team under 23 years old.


“I’m comfortable saying that I believe he was our best midfielder during the calendar preparatory, said goalkeeper Evan Bush. It had been fantastic. It was a pity to see him get hurt and he has not regained the form that recently. It is good to see him regain confidence. “


“It was difficult with the injury, has admitted Béland-Goyette. It came at a bad time, so that there were opportunities that could be offered to me. I’m a guy positive, and I have worked hard every day. I have been off the field for four months, but I knew my chance was going to happen at a time. “


The work of Salazar


While Béland-Goyette was eating his brake in the gym, Salazar had to pass by the Ottawa Fury to get back in shape. Little used in the beginning of the campaign, the native of Belize has been loaned to the club is affiliated to the Impact in may and he has scored two goals in four outings.


“He works hard in training, but it was nice to go to Ottawa, stressed Biello. He was able to get minutes and he was able to score goals. It allowed him to gain confidence. “


“The coaches wanted me to go there and that I am dangerous around the net, I have to create opportunities, explained Salazar, who is 24 years old. This is what I did. I’ve had good games and I’ve been reminded. Now I need to take advantage of the opportunities available to me. “


In 2016, Salazar scored two goals in his first start of the season, before being milled to the score sheet in 11 outings during the rest of the campaign. This time, it believes it has the tools to be a threat to the opponents at the Blue-white-black.


“This time, I have been working extremely hard, said Salazar. Last year, it’s not that I wasn’t working hard, but I could have done some things differently. This time, I have the feeling of being in the train to find my rhythm. I understand what are the expectations of the coach. I also have a year of more in the bank, and I have more knowledge. “


Questioned as to whether these young people could still be part of the XI starting on Saturday against FC Dallas, Biello has preferred to hide his game. “We’re going to see, just say Biello. That is, a team. There are young people and veterans. It is important to have these young people who can push others and quietly find a place. There are a few that are in the process of doing so. They grow and deserve their playtime. “


Since Hernán Bernardello will have to serve a mandatory one-game suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards, Béland-Goyette could get a second chance to make an impression against FC Dallas, this time with Marco Donadel to her side as a defensive midfielder. Donadel is slowed down by an injury to his knee and that is why he was limited to 16 minutes of the game in relief in Béland-Goyette against the Union.


For his part, Salazar could be excluded from the starting formation if Ignacio Piatti returns to the game, and that Ballou was deployed on the right flank, where he is more comfortable.