In the first match of Impact in the tournament, Thierry Henry had lamented the lack of fighting spirit of his team. He has had more against Toronto FC on Thursday evening, but the result was the same.
After two games, the Impact is already with one foot in the plane to come to Montreal because of his two defeats and a differential of minus-2.
The members of the Impact had to look very carefully at the game between the Revolution of the New England and d.c. United on Friday night. It was not yet completed at the time of going to press.
A victory of the New-England or a draw would help the cause of the Blue-white-black keeping D. C. to the distance of hits for Montreal, which could then ensure the third rank by defeating D. C. next Wednesday. A victory by a good margin could even allow the Impact of sneak in the knockout stages.
Conversely, a gain of D. C. would complicate the life of Thierry Henry and his band could not do better than a third place by defeating D. C.
It must be said that Thierry Henry has dared at the first two meetings.
In fact, he has attempted many daring experiments by proposing an alignment of the atypical.
During the first two meetings, he chose to leave his right-side, Zachary Brault-Guillard, on the bench.
Thursday night, Rod Fanni and Orji Okwonkwo have also started the game as spectators.
After the match, he hinted that his decision was based on what he had seen during the first encounter.
It remains that he chose to play several of his men out of position, starting with Samuel Piette, who for a second consecutive game this season, was not posted in front of the centre-backs.
After the hallway right as back in the first half of the first game, the Repentignois again found himself in the same corridor on Thursday, but in a position more high in the field.
Against Toronto, it is Shamit Shome, who started the match as a right-back, and the result has been mixed, to be polite. The poor guy was like a dog in a game of bowling. Alberta is clearly more comfortable in a position a little higher.
“We created a lot more things on the left than on the right. I’m trying to find the right formula in different ways, ” explained Henry, who is still running after the good recipe while launching may be a message to Brault-Guillard appeared to be the successor to Bacary Sagna.
Victor Wanyama has started the game in central defence and found the midfielder at the back of the break when Rod Fanni is entered in the meeting.
In this case, it was a bit out of necessity. Rudy Camacho was back in Montreal a few hours earlier, because his wife will give birth to their second child. In addition, Joel Waterman is not yet recovered from a thigh injury.
Coincidence or not, Toronto has scored three of his four goals in the first half after defensive errors that Thierry Henry has so-called ” errors of school.”
The Blue-white-black has spent the evening running after the score and took advantage of a penalty shot to tie the game 2 to 2 shortly after the half-hour game, but awarded a third goal to Toronto only a few seconds after the resumption of the game.
“This is not obvious, it was in the possession of the ball, it was in the course of the run, but if you take a goal like if it was not there from the recovery, it becomes difficult,” agreed head coach.
Lack of energy
Moreover, the Impact is maybe a bit affected by a delay on the plan the fitness. The Blue-white-black has been one of the last teams to resume individual and collective training.
“It’s been four months that it is stopped, it did not match pre-season, it is not everyone that is comfortable and it takes time to build a chemistry in the team, but this is not an excuse,” said Samuel Piette.
At least, Romell Quioto and the young Emanuel Maciel have had a very good game. Quioto experienced a kind of renaissance since his arrival in Houston.
“I watched a lot of videos with the coach and it has been analyzed several movements in order that I become an important part of the system that wants to promote the coach. “
We had a confrontation of any Dutch among the coaches for the Atlanta United and FC Cincinnati, Thursday morning.
Indeed, in the camp of georgia, it is Frank de Boer who is calling the shots while the team in Ohio, it is Jaap Stam who is responsible.
Stam was finally able to enjoy his first victory at the helm of his team, who was hired in mid-may.
Stam is already the fourth head coach of Cincinnati after Alan Koch, which has not lasted half a season, and Yoahn Damet, who has served as interim. Ron Jans, another Dutchman, had been hired at the beginning of August 2019, but had been forced to leave his position in march following allegations of racist comments made in front of his players.
The expansion affected by the COVID-19
It is not only the season 2020 the MLS which is affected by the pandemic of the COVID-19. The expansions of the next few years also suffer from it. On Friday, the league announced that it was revising its schedule for three of the next four teams.
Austin should always join the circuit Garber next year, but the entry of Charlotte, also scheduled for 2021, will be postponed to 2022. St. Louis and Sacramento, which will join the ranks of the MLS in 2023 rather than 2022.
Chicharito wanted to face Vela
Chicharito, of the Galaxy of Los Angeles, says that Carlos Vela will not be part of the Los Angeles FC in the El Trafico Saturday evening.
Vela has chosen to stay in Los Angeles to be with his wife who will soon have a child.
It is necessary to say that if Chicharito can comment on the status of Vela, is that the men are friends of long date.
“We’ve known since he was 15, he mentioned to ESPN. It has a very good relationship, I love him and I admire him a lot. It is a pity that it is not there. “
A name to remember
The supporters of the Impact have made acquaintance with the young Ayo Akinola, 20 years, who knows the beginning of the tournament, breaking up with a harvest of five goals in just two meetings for the benefit of Toronto FC.
The young striker, that makes you forget Jozy Altidore, has managed a hat trick against the Impact in addition to achieving a doubling in the face of D. C. United.
The case of Akinola is interesting because he was born in Detroit, but moved to Brampton, a suburb of Toronto, when he was young. He has represented the United States on the international stage for younger people, but he is also courted by Canada and Nigeria for her career senior.
Not easy for the big clubs
It is the plunge among all the clubs that were considered as serious candidates to the title of the tournament by the MLS.
Atlanta and New York City FC still don’t have a point after two games, and Seattle, the champion of the last MLS Cup, has only one after two meetings.
This is not much better for Kansas City and the Galaxy of Los Angeles, who lost their first match, and for the Los Angeles FC, which has been pushed to a draw by the Dynamo in Houston to enter the game.