An all-important win

  • Dave Lévesque

    Saturday, 12 August, 2017 23:40

    Saturday, 12 August, 2017 23:40

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    CHESTER | The Impact needed a good performance and he delivered by winning 3 to 0 on the Union of Philadelphia with three goals in the second half, including two by Blerim Dzemaili. It was the second consecutive victory for the first time since 6 June.

    Playing a game almost without fault, the Impact has struck when the opportunity presented itself, much to the chagrin of 15 297 spectators who were moved to the Talen Energy Stadium.

    It came following a long pass from Laurent Ciman to Daniel Lovitz, who then centered it for Dzemaili who was not going to miss such a chance, redirecting the ball to the back of the net to score his 5th of the season in the 69th minute. He added his 6th with a superb shot in the 94th.

    Three minutes earlier, the Impact has averted the disaster in a rare moment of floating defensive in the course of which Giliano Wijnaldum struck the left post.

    Ignacio Piatti scored the other goal of his own by scoring his 10th of the season on a penalty shot earned by Dzemaili.

    “This is a great performance, we controlled the game, we created opportunities in the first half and we pushed a little more in the second half to take on the counter-attack “, has launched a Mauro Biello satisfied.

    No gain

    Thanks to this victory, the home side went from the 9th to the 7th place in the eastern conference with 30 points.

    However, it has not gained ground on the 6th place since the Columbus Crew has won against the Fire of Chicago to join Orlando in fifth place with 35 points.

    This is a second win abroad for the Impact, whose last success in moving up to the 6 may in Washington, dc.

    We can also say that the Impact has the number of the Union since he was beaten on two occasions this season in addition to obtaining a tie during his first visit to Chester earlier this year.


    The Impact has played a very good first half to the stranger who has even an advantage over the Union for the possession.

    It was u-Blue-white-black that was more envy than an opponent a little too much to wait and see.

    The rest, on the rare breakthroughs of the Union, the Impact has shown a nice cohesion and defensive, to ward off threats.

    We might think of a diving header from Daniel Lovitz in front of Fafa Picault to prevent a breakaway and a decline of Victor Cabrera to curb C. J. Sapong.

    What’s more, Evan Bush, even if it was little sought, seemed more assured than at recent outings.

    It is reported in the face of Fafa Picault who had defeated Cabrera in the second half.

    The contribution of Piette

    If the Impact seemed to better manage the game, the contribution of Samuel Piette has been for something.

    “Samuel has been incredible, it is an extraordinary performance in which he demonstrated what he could do, said Biello. It has been good in recovery, and played balls simple.

    “He is capable of breaking the game and read it, it becomes a pivot for us. “

    The Repentignois, who was in the first game in the jersey, montreal, has been dominant in completing almost 100 % of his passes while managing four tackles and six recoveries only in the first 45 minutes.

    In spite of his 22 years and status as a newcomer, Piette has quickly established itself in the defence of the Impact. And it continued in the second half.

    From the first minutes, he was seen talking frequently to his teammates, directing traffic to the rear.

    The Impact will play two games this week. The Fire of Chicago will be at Stade Saputo on Wednesday and Real Salt Lake will succeed him on Saturday night.

    + Samuel Piette
    It has been flawless in his first start with the Impact playing with calm and assurance to support the defence. Very honorable to Blerim Dzemaili for his doubled
    and the penalty that he has caused. Matteo Mancosu
    The Italian attacker is on the loose and fails to get involved in the game to be a real threat in the third party. He must regroup quickly to help the team.03PhiladelphiaGardien :John McCarthy.
    Defenders :Giliano Wijnaldum, Jack Elliott (replaced by Jay Simpson in the 85th minute), Joshua Yora, Raymon Gaddis.
    Mid :Alejandro Bedoya, Chris Pontius (replaced by Marcus Epps in the 67th minute), Fabrice-Jean Picault, Haris Medunjanin, Ilsinho (replaced by Roland Arlberg at the 75th minute).
    Attacker :C. J. Sapong. MontréalGardien :Evan Bush.
    Defenders :Chris Duvall, Daniel Lovitz, Laurent Ciman, Víctor Cabrera.
    Middle :Blerim Dzemaili, midfielder Patrice Bernier (replaced by Louis Béland-Goyette in the 80th minute), Samuel Piette.
    Attacker :Dominic Oduro (replaced by Michael Salazar in the 67th minute), Ignacio Piatti, Matteo Mancosu (replaced by Kyle Fisher at the 87th minute). ButPHILADELPHIE : no
    Montreal : Dzemaili (69th), Piatti (90th+1–TP), Dzemaili (90th+5)CartonsPHILADELPHIE : no


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