With the academy shining after a 2-2 tie against the Chicago Fire, formation changes might be needed to take advantage of the youth movement. I talk about Davy Arnaud's grit and how important it is for the end of the season and a goalkeeper debate.
In the Academy we trust?
On Saturday the 28th September against the Chicago Fire, Maxime Tissot became the first player of the academy to score a goal in MLS. He came on as a substitute at the 67th minute and ends up scoring the game-tying goal at the 87th . The Montreal Impact get an important point on the road, keeping them in the race for the #2 and #3 spot in the Eastern Conference.
On a positive note, another member of the Academy, Wandrille Lefevre had his first start in his young MLS career. After a good display in the CONCACAF Champions league against CD Heredia, he showed that he can be a solution for Marco Shallibaum's team , at the heart of the defense.
He's strong on the man and shows that he is learning and getting better, game after game. Alessandro Nesta will be the go to guy when the MLS playoffs come around, but Lefebvre should get a couple of starts between now and the end of the season.
Maxime Tissot replaced Andrew Wenger , who was playing for the 1st time on the left wing. I think Tissot can be a good option down the left wing. The problem with the Impact's wingers is that they don't cross the ball enough.
Tissot showed in the past , during the Amway Cup, that he has a good quality when it comes to crossing the ball, combined with a good pace.
Coach Shallibäum should try him on the wing; I think we could all be pleasantly surprised.
Is Davy Arnaud redeeming himself?
The Impact's captain has been playing some good football as the playoffs are just around the corner. During those same playoffs, it takes grit but also skills and the team that wants more, will get the win.
And Davy Arnaud is the type of player that will lead by example in terms of commitment. He knows his role with the team and he's starting to deliver. During the playoffs, with the atmosphere and the weather (it's getting colder), sometimes it takes more than just skills: it takes grit, it takes desire and commitment.
And i really think Arnaud can bring that for the end of the season and eventually in the playoffs. With Hernan Bernardello returning sooner than later, Arnaud is sort of redeeming himself. Let's not forget Collen Warner who is starting to look more like the 2012 Warner: a solid responsible holding midfielder.
We're getting closer to the squad of 14 players I was talking about a couple of weeks ago and basically all season:
A strong starting XI and 3 players that can help the team perform for the rest of the season and for the playoff.
Price or Halak? Euh I meant Perkins or Bush?
It would not be Montreal without a good Ol' goalkeeper debate and I am happy to oblige to start the fire.
With Troy Perkins' latest performances and with what Evan Bush has shown in the CCL, Bush deserves a MLS start. Against Chicago, Perkins was all over the place and looked like a rookie.
Saved twice by the goal post, he can also thank Hassoun Camara for clearing a sure goal. Add to that list the fact that he conceded a silly goal and a silly penalty.
Either he needs a break or he needs an healthy competition from Evan Bush as Perkins has not chosen the best moment to be average. Montreal need his safe hands as the playoff approach quickly.
He has not stolen a game as he did back in March and April.
It's time to shine Troy, there's only 4 games left to get in the playoffs and the Impact needs to prepare them the best way possible.
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