Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire | MLS match preview
MONTRÉAL IMPACT vs CHICAGO FIRE
STADE SAPUTO, Montréal, Que.
April 27, 2013 (WEEK 9, MLS Game #72)
4 p.m. ET (NBC SN; TSN/RDS)
The Montréal Impact return to league action after another weekend off, playing host to the Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo. The Impact last faced a league match two weeks ago, a 1-1 home draw with Columbus, though they dropped their Canadian Championship at midweek in Toronto. The Fire won their second match of the season last time out, defeating the Columbus Crew 1-0 at Toyota Park.
REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos. SAR (bench): Peter Manikowski; JAR (opposite): Greg Barkey; 4th: Silviu Petrescu
MLS Career: 13 games; FC/gm: 24.3; Y/gm: 2.5; R: 0; pens: 3
DISABLED LIST: none
SUSPENDED: CHI: Wells Thompson (through April 28)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: CHI: Daniel Paladini
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CHI: Victor Pineda (U.S. U-20)
ALL-TIME (2 meetings): Impact 0 wins, 2 goals … Fire 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 1
AT MONTREAL (1 meeting): Impact 0 wins, 1 goal … Fire 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 1
RETURN MATCHES: 8/10: Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m. CT; 9/28: Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m. CT
LAST YEAR (MLS):
3/17: MTL 1, CHI 1 (Arnaud 56 – Oduro (71)
9/15: CHI 3, MTL 1 (MacDonald 34; Alex 61; Fernandez 80 – Di Vaio 20)
- The Impact played the first home game in the club’s MLS history vs. Chicago, attracting a crowd of 58,912 to Olympic Stadium last March 17 (the 18th-largest in league history) for a 1-1 draw.
- The Fire won 3-1 in the lone meeting at Toyota Park.
- Coaches record: Frank Klopas vs. MTL: P2 W1 L0 T1 … Marco Schallibaum vs. CHI: first game
The Montréal Impact return to action after another week off, their last match a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on April 14 at Stade Saputo in a match delayed a day by a snowstorm. The Impact are in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference with 13 points from 6 matches.
- The game's two goals came four minutes apart, and both of the spectacular variety. The Impact pulled ahead in the 68th minute when Sanna Nyassi’s failed volley attempt on the edge of the box turned into an assist for Marco Di Vaio, who ripped home a thunderous shot from some 22 yards out.
- But the Crew were level in the 72nd minute. Dominic Oduro showed impeccable control in latching onto a deflected cross and looping it in front of Hassoun Camara, before sending a left-footed finish to the top right corner of Troy Perkins' goal from the left side of the box.
- Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum made one change to the team that suffered a 2-0 defeat by Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Alessandro Nesta came back into central defense in place of Matteo Ferrari.
- MONTREAL IMPACT (4-1-4-1): Troy Perkins - Hassoun Camara, Alessandro Nesta, Karl Ouimette, Jeb Brovsky - Patrice Bernier, Andres Romero (Sanna Nyassi 67), Davy Arnaud, Felipe Martins, Justin Mapp (Andrew Wenger 80) - Marco Di Vaio (Maxim Tissot 88).
- Coming off their first defeat of the season after opening the campaign with four consecutive victories, the Impact were held to their first draw of the year.
- “Teams are going to try to come out of here with a draw,” said assistant coach Mauro Biello, who handled touchline duties in place of the suspended Marco Schällibaum. “They’ll try to reduce space in the middle, and we have to find space on the sides and in deep. In the second half, that’s what we did with Justin [Mapp] and Sanna [Nyassi] on the flanks. They created difficulties for the other team.”
- There was a late change to the starting lineup as center back Matteo Ferrari suffered a calf strain in pre-match warmups and could not go. He will miss at least the next few weeks with the injury.
- Karl W. Ouimette made his third consecutive start – his first three of his MLS career – as a late replacement for Ferrari.
- “The mentality is different because you think you’re starting on the bench. The preparation is a little different as well, but I’ve always said you have to be ready at all times in case you get your number called, and I was good to go,” said Ouimette. “… I think we played pretty well, especially in the second half when we were able to create more scoring chances. Their goal came off of a half-chance from an improbable strike, but other than that, we had the better of them.”
- Marco Di Vaio scored his third goal in the last four games. He has scored the last three goals for the Impact in league play.
- The Impact have still allowed less than a goal per game, tied for the third-best defensive record in the league and one of six teams allowing under a goal per game.
- “I wouldn’t say it’s [the back] four, it’s more like five, six, seven guys that have done a solid job … The guys in front of me are very knowledgeable, very experienced,” said goalkeeper Troy Perkins. “For me, it doesn’t change a lot. I’m still going to tell them the same things. I’m still going to yell at them. I’m still going to do all that, because it keeps me involved.”
- Maxim Tissot made his full professional debut, coming on in the 88th minute, one day after celebrating his 21st birthday. “My mother kept telling me all week that it was destiny,” said Tissot. “She felt that it was my fate to play my first game on my birthday weekend and it happened. The first thought I had as I got on the field was of my parents. They were in the stands for the game.”
- On Wednesday, Toronto FC opened defense of their four consecutive Canadian Championships with a 2-0 win against the Impact in the first leg of their semifinal series at BMO Field. The return match is May 1 at Stade Saputo. Doneil Henry gave TFC the lead in the 49th minute, then Andrew Wiedemann finished off a Luis Silva nine minutes from time for the clincher.
- Here’s the Impact team: Evan Bush; Maxim Tissot, Karl W. Ouimette, Hassoun Camara, Jeb Brovsky; Patrice Bernier, Sanna Nyassi (Andrea Pisanu 77'), Calum Mallace (Daniele Paponi 60'), Collen Warner, Justin Mapp (Andrés Romero 60'); Andrew Wenger
The Chicago Fire won their second game of the season, getting a late goal for a 1-0 win against the Columbus Crew on Saturday evening at Toyota Park. The Fire are in a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 7 points from 7 matches.
- A throw-in gave the Fire their breakthrough. Jalil Anibaba sent it long into the penalty area, and Austin Berry’s flicked header found Jeff Larentowicz charging on from five yards out and he headed it into the back of the net.
- Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum was credited with six saves for the match, all coming in the second half before the match-winner. Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson was not called upon to make a single save.
- Fire head coach Frank Klopas made one change to the team that dropped a 2-1 decision to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. Patrick Nyarko came into the team in place of Daniel Paladini.
- CHICAGO FIRE (4-2-3-1): Sean Johnson - Wells Thompson, Austin Berry, Jalil Anibaba, Gonzalo Segares - Jeff Larentowicz, Logan Pause - Patrick Nyarko (Daniel Paladini 87), Chris Rolfe, Joel Lindpere (Dilly Duka 82) - Sherjill MacDonald (Maicon Santos 78).
- The Fire uncorked a season-high 21 attempts at goal; midfielder Jeff Larentowicz had the club’s single-game high this season with five.
- “I think we had a different purpose today. We needed the win and we played like it. We played with [a little] desperation; we played like we needed the points,” said Patrick Nyarko. “It was one of those games that you’re thinking at one point, ‘here we go again, it’s not going to happen again today.’ But the guys persevered, and kept pushing.”
- For Larentowicz, his goal was the first for the club after coming over in an offseason signing from the Colorado Rapids. “Definitely when Jeff's header went in, there was relief,” Logan Pause said. “We knew that we needed to be patient and we knew that we were controlling the game and we were creating chances. Then, finally, one bounced our way.”
- After conceding seven goals in the previous three matches, the Fire recorded their second clean sheet of the season as they kept the Crew without a single attempt on target for the entire match (and just six total shots for the game).
- “You look at the season so far and we have given up early goals, or even the first goal. it's difficult. Even though we have showed that we can come back, especially last year, it gets difficult at times,” said Klopas. “ … We defended well overall. It was good to get the goal late in the game to pull the win. We had a very good start to the second half. We created chances but it was also important to defend well. It was key not to push forward without discipline.”
- After being held out of the starting lineup for two matches, Patrick Nyarko was able to return to the first team, resuming his wide midfield role.
- “With Patrick we wanted to isolate him because of his pace. Anytime we have the ball if we can play to him quick or switch the point of attack where he can get opportunities 1v1,” said Klopas. “I thought he was fantastic, he created a lot chances. We got in good spots in the final third basically through him in his running off the ball and ability to beat players.”
- After being involved in each one of the Fire’s goals over the previous two games – scoring one and assisting on three – Daniel Paladini returned to the substitute’s bench, coming on for the final three minutes.
- “I thought Joel [Lindpere] played well, he worked hard. I wanted to get Patrick in there because of his pace and his ability to stretch the field with us,” said Klopas. “Danny has played well. I think he is a guy that when he gets it he helps us with possession. He comes inside more. But I wanted that matchup with Patrick on one side. Joel has played well and in Houston. You have to make some decisions, they are not easy. I felt the guys we went with and came in played very well.”