The Montreal Impact have not lost two consecutive games in the 2013 MLS season. Facing the Toronto FC would seem to be the best rebound team after the shocking 4-3 loss to the Colorado Rapids. Even if the Toronto only has 2 wins in the season, the team has brought in a few new players to bolster the squad.
But the upcoming Gold Cup will strain the Reds as Kyle Bekker, Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan and Jonathan Osorio are with the Canadian National Team. Even if Les Bleus de Montreal have never won at BMO field since joining the MLS, getting all 3 points tonight will be important. Avoiding losing 2 games in a row would be a feat for any team and the Impact needs to continue its momemtum towards the playoffs.
Toronto FC had had some help up front and at the back since both clubs played each other. Danny Koevermans is back from injury and will be a danger on Montreal's defense. Paired with Jeremy Brockie, the duo is not in-sync yet but that trigger might come up tonight. One key to bother the Impact defense is to play with 2 man up front to keep both Alessandro Nesta and Matteo Ferrari busy. If Robert Earnshaw recovers from a calf injury, the Red danger is even bigger , especially at BMO field.
All those targets up front will need to get some service and that service will come from the midfield. Losing Osorio to the Gold Cup is a big hit to Toronto but others might step up like Luis Silva , new-comer Michael Thomas , MLS veteran Bobby Convey and Matias Laba.
Losing Doneil Henry is huge but the recent extension of Scottish defender, Steven Caldwell will help Ryan Nelsen a lot. With Darren O'Dea in good form, Marco Di Vaio and Daniele Paponi have a bigger challenge in front of them but that should not stop them.
Avoid the Trap
- Support Patrice Bernier in the midfield : Do not leave the offensive pivot of the club all alone in both offensive and defensive situations.
DAvy Arnaud might be playing a full 90-minutes. His physical presence and runs will be important for the club
- Felipe Where Art Thou? Expecting a counter-attacking style from Montreal, the Brazilian will need to be that catalyst to get the ball to Di Vaio and Paponi.
- Is Andrea Pisanu an Offensive Catalyst? A Defensive Liability? Toronto FC will know soon enough
- Close the gap between the midfield and the defense.
- Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency and Efficiency in front of the net.