The Montreal Impact wants to make a good start to the second half of the season

Sport 11 July, 2017

Photo: Darryl Dyck, The canadian Press
The Impact (5-6-6) is ninth in the East, seven points of the Columbus Crew, which has the sixth and final position for the series.

The Montreal Impact happens at the break of the mid-season with exactly half its schedule completed.


However, it is only coincidence, most of the other clubs in the MLS who have played two or three more matches.


The club wants to use the two-week break to heal injuries and rest well after a first half disappointing.


Seven of the next nine matches, the Impact will be held in Montréal, a trip that could define the season for the group of Mauro Biello.


This will begin the 19 and 22 July, when Philadelphia and Dallas will be the visitors at stade Saputo.


“This is important. It is necessary to go in search of victories, said Biello, Monday. Without putting too much pressure on the team, it is simply reality. We are not where we want it in the standings. We believe that we should give headaches to the teams at the top, and we have the opportunity. “


Ninth in the East


The Impact (5-6-6) is ninth in the East, seven points of the Columbus Crew, which has the sixth and final position for the series. The clan quebec has played three games less.


By adding the injuries sustained by Ignacio Piatti and Ambroise Oyongo to a busy schedule for the past three weeks (six games), the club was in need of a break.


Midfielder Blerim Dzemaili, who has not had an off season between leave Bologna and join the Impact, will resume training on Saturday following a leave of 10 days.


The veterans of the eleven from Laurent Ciman, Matteo Mancosu, and Marco Donadel benefit of rest additional this week.


The purpose : to view an alignment as close as possible to the full form.


“If you look at last year, we arrived in August with all the world health, said Biello. And I remember that there were times when the reservists were so alert to the training that it motivated the runners at the end, it helped to wrap up in force. “


“We’re starting on the right foot, winning games at home and we place in the race. This is how we will grow as a team. “


Piatti injured


Piatti, who leads his own with eight goals, was injured an adductor muscle during a game in Toronto. It may need a little more time.


“It will be tight for that he faced Philadelphia and Dallas, but this is not as serious as originally thought, said Biello. It short already in a straight line without pain, and if the lateral movement return also, it goes well. “


Oyongo will not play again this season because of an injury suffered at the international and the Cameroon.


The Impact has a yield of 4-2-1 at home, including setbacks of a 2-1 victory against Vancouver and 3-2 against Columbus, in time added in the latter case. The club has also screwed up a lead of 2-0 in the face of Seattle, making a draw. All of this has contributed to the thin crop of five victories at this point.


The Impact will play on Wednesday a friendly match in Ottawa against the Fury, his club partner in the USL. Some players used very little may have 90 minutes on the pitch to keep their reflexes sharp, but also to show what they can do. Some veterans will not travel.


“The game time will do a lot of good to guys like Louis Béland-Goyette, Nick DePuy and Michael Salazar, said Biello. By the end of the season, we’re going to need all the world. “