by Carlos Candido @514Sports
The start of the season isn't kind to the Montreal Impact. On the road for the first 2 months and missing 2013 MVP candidate Marco DiVaio for the first 3 games due to suspension: Not pretty.
The abysmal end to last season coupled with this never ending winter seem to have fans, media and management in a constant state of hibernation. Spring, and a return to the fortress called Saputo can't come quick enough.
The Impact have allowed 6 goals, scored only 2 and look to be in expansion form in their third MLS season. New coach and ex Chicago Fire, Frank Kloppas looks to be lost in his tactics, starting selection and substitutes. Learning curve? No.
All this changes on Saturday with the return of Marco DiViao, and to a lesser extent, Andrès Romero, ( also suspended from that first round playoff debacle vs the Houston Dynamo ) who easily supplants Collen Warner as left wing midfielder.
With a little more ball possession, attacks coming from both wings, and clinical finishing, the Impact can be 3-0, instead of 0-3. The line is thin, as is the depth of IMFC. As is, I expect Montreal to give the Union a hard fought game. It will take a great Union performance to walk with all 3 points.
It's early in the season, but the pressure is on in Montreal, and the 2013 golden boot runner up is looking to get on the board. He has some catching up to do.