The Impact has things to be forgiven following his first game of the tournament for the resumption of the league, a defeat by 1 to 0 against the Revolution in New-England.
The Blue-white-black will be able to make corrections as early as Thursday night by facing his nemesis, the Toronto FC.
In his first outing, a week ago, the Impact has shown a glaring lack of fighting spirit, as pointed out by Thierry Henry after the meeting. A lack of fighting spirit that was a kind of anomaly.
“The game against New England was not a good performance, there are a lot of things to correct,” agreed the captain Jukka Raitala, during a video conference held on Wednesday.
“The most important thing is to find the desire and our work ethic that made us successful early in the season. “
Back to the wall
So it is already a bit forced against the wall as the Impact argument this second meeting of the group stage.
The Blue-white-black is in last place of group C because of his defeat. The “Revs” are the first with three points while Toronto and the D. C. United are second with a point because of their tie, 2 to 2, Monday.
But Raitala believes his team-mates and him are not in a situation where they absolutely must win.
“I don’t think this is a win situation mandatory because we want to win all our matches. But this is a special meeting because it is a match against big rivals that we always want to win. “
However, a victory would allow the Impact of joining the New England top of the group, at least until the “Revs” face D. C. Friday evening.
The word order in the camp montreal is to beat at any price, to show another face than the one that we saw last Thursday.
“We must fight and win this very important game because we have to qualify,” said Romell Quioto.
Moreover, it seems that the message has gone very well since the players have been exemplary in training, according to Raitala.
“I am very pleased with the reaction of the team after this poor performance. It has been very competitive in training and I believe that we can transpose it in the game. ”
We can expect that Thierry Henry plays a little with his alignment even though it would be surprising that he abandoned the formation with three centre-backs.
Quioto was, however, clear on an item, the team should be better to control the ball.
“We have not had possession of the ball as much as we would have wanted against New England, we then found himself in a position where it was running after a goal.
Moreover, adjustments have been made by Henry in the last 45 minutes against the “Revs” and we had a better idea of what this team could do.
“In the second half, we changed a bit of training, and the backs played higher up and we created a few more problems for the opponent,” said Raitala.
In the camp in the toronto area, it will be necessary to manage the fatigue of the troops, since the game against D. C. was originally scheduled for last Friday and then moved to Sunday, was eventually played on Monday morning.
“I don’t think Toronto will be too much affected by the fatigue even if it has surely been difficult to lose a lead late in the game, while having a man more “, noted Raitala, who recognizes that the second half are difficult during the tournament.
“If you’ve watched the games, you see that the tempo drastically reduced after 55 or 60 minutes, and the form of the teams is broken.
“It is a little of what happened to us against New England. They scored and we collapsed in part because of a too large number of errors and in part because of the conditions of the game. ”
THE LEAGUES WILL DECIDE
This season, FIFA has authorized five changes per match, rather than three as it is the rule, but the body that manages the soccer world has shown that the measure will be maintained until 31 July 2021. This decision does not matter to purists, but FIFA does not intend to impose the change. Each league may decide to apply the measure or return to the usual practice of three changes per match.
BETWEEN PHILLY AND ORLANDO
The tournament is old as a week, but we already know the two teams that will get out of the group Has since Orlando and Philadelphia each have two victories. The two teams will be competing for the first place of the group during their confrontation next Monday.
If we expected to see Miami, a team expansion, in last place with two defeats, let’s say that it is a surprise not to see New York City FC, one of the favorites to walk off with the honors of the tournament. New Yorkers also have two defeats, but have a differential of -3 compared with -2 for Inter Miami.
NO POSITIVE TESTS
The first week was difficult for the MLS with the disclaimers of Dallas, and Nashville, as well as with false positives in Toronto FC and D. C. United, but things are placed. During the last round of tests, conducted in the beginning of the week (12, 13 July), no new cases have been reported. According to the information provided by the league, 1227 individuals were tested for a total of 1519 tests and no positive results have been reported.
The double postponement of the match between Toronto FC and D. C. United has created a lot of tension. The players of D. C. were particularly annoyed by the fact that Torontonians are not presented for the meeting on Sunday. It was then postponed to Monday.
“We had the impression that we were not respected, said Frédéric Gloss ESPN. We waited two times and they are not presented. “Even before the start of the match, there was tension between us and them and in the end, they were frustrated because we are back on the score. “
For the small history, Toronto took the lead 2 to 0, but D. C. has returned with two goals late in the game, despite a man less, and the meeting closed with a crowd.
RESPECT FOR COLUMBUS
The Columbus Crew has made a statement quite impressive in his first match by flattening the CF Cincinnati by the overwhelming brand of 4 to 0. The team from the capital of Ohio is also very well balanced and has no real weakness, with good elements in all positions. This is not surprising, therefore, that the Red Bulls of New York, as the Crew faces Thursday, have a lot of respect for the team led by Caleb Porter.
“They have improved their workforce by adding large pieces, said the coach of “the Bulls”, Chris Armas, the site of the MLS. I do not see them as outsiders, I see it more as one of the favorite teams. They have an identity, they know how to use the balloon and expand the land. “
– Dave Lévesque