Impact loses two-straight at home; falls 3-0 to Whitecaps

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 9/21/2013 2:14:00 PM

By: Giordano Cescutti

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Twitter: @GCescutti

On a day that will be remembered for its controversy, the Montreal Impact dropped its second-straight game at home, falling to third in the Eastern Conference. The catastrophic defeat puts a dent into Montreal's pursuit of first place, a blunt reminder that their initial mission of getting to the postseason has not yet been accomplished.

The Vancouver Whitecaps could not have anticipated a better afternoon at Saputo Stadium. Vying to jump back into the playoff picture, the Whitecaps took a huge step, playing their best game in quite some time and capturing three precious away points. 

Vancouver capitalized on their first chance five minutes in. Nigel Reo Coker played a clever give-and-go with veteran fullback YP Lee and was one-on-one with Alessandro Nesta when he received the return ball. Reo Coker bursted past Nesta who could do no more but try to marshall his ...

Montreal hosts Vancouver for the first time in MLS

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 9/21/2013 10:10:00 AM

By: Giordano Cescutti

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Coming off a loss at Fortress Saputo for just the second time this season, and suffering a devastating defeat mid-week in San Jose that all but wraps up its short stint in CONCACAF, the Impact will look to stop the bleeding this afternoon when it faces the Whitecaps for the first time ever at home in MLS.

"Every time you lose a game you need some reaction. We did very well in home games. We made a lot of points so we must get back to the roots" passionately explained Head Coach Marco Schallibaum ahead of the all-Canadian clash.  

Since joining Major League Soccer in 2012, Montreal has lost back-to-back games at home just once, a stat that bodes well for the fiery Swiss Manager.

The Impact has amassed 45 points, three back of the Red Bulls for first place with two ...

Benzaza: "Di Vaio-dependency" healthy

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 9/20/2013 2:46:00 PM

At this critical time for the Impact, CJAD blogger Sofiane Benzaza returns with his #IMFC analysis.  Follow him @sofiane_benzaza or @MtRoyalSoccer or @SoccerSansF:

With Bernardello and Lopez out with injuries and the Montreal Impact all but eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League after a 3-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, Les Bleus are back to square one.

Maybe getting back to basics is not such a bad thing for The Impact. You already know that making it past the group stage will be very difficult.  Maybe the Impact does not need to play its big guns against C.D. Heredia next Tuesday.

You know that you cannot expect Hernan Bernardello and Adrian Lopez making miraculous comebacks, especially for the Spanish defender out with an ACL tear. As for Bernardello, by the time he recovers from his ankle injury the Impact would have played most of its remaining games.

As it ...

Impact feel Earthquake

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 9/18/2013 5:28:00 AM

The Montreal Impact are down, but they are not out.

Les Bleus suffered a 3-0 loss in San Jose' to the Earthquakes, but cling to life in the quest to advance in CONCACAF Champions League play.

See the highlights: http://www.impactmontreal.com/en/news/2013/09/highlights-san-jose-earthquakes-3-0-montreal-impact

The Impact must win Tuesday next against Guatemalan club CD Heredia to stay in the hunt.  That game will be played 8:00PM at Saputo Stadium.

Following a big stop by Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush in 7th minute off of a point blank header by Steven Lenhart, the Impact then created four good scoring chances.

Impact midfielder Justin Mapp found Andrew Wenger all alone in the box with a short lateral cross in the 9th minute, but the Impact forward's attempt was blocked after Quakes defender Jason Hernandez made a desperation slide.

In the 33rd minute, midfielder Patrice Bernier fired a free-kick around the wall from about ...

Crew rally to stun Saputo Stadium 2-1

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 9/14/2013 1:50:00 PM

By: Giordano Cescutti

Email: giordano.cescutti@hotmail.com

Twitter: @GCescutti

For a team fighting for much more than just a postseason berth, the Montreal Impact failed to demonstrate why they belong atop the Eastern Conference in an underwhelming showing against the 8th-seeded Columbus Crew. It didn't help that they faced their "nemesis," as proclaimed by Head Coach Marco Schallibäum, a team they haven't beaten in three opportunities this season, two of which were at Saputo Stadium. Their hopes for a Supporters' Shield dwindle even further away.

Much like he did in their first encounter of the season, Columbus forward Dominic Oduro made the Impact pay for its lackluster defending. This time his goal meant much more. He snuck by Montreal's back-four in the 79th minute and with the slightest of touches, put his club right back into the mix for an Eastern Conference playoff spot, while accomplishing a feat that only the Colorado ...

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