‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’: A Bitter Sweet Edition

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The Montreal Impact get a much needed win against C.D. Heredia in Concacaf Champions League. The win will boost club morale, but sadly eliminate Montreal from advancing to the knock-out stages. Let’s take a closer look at what stood out.

The Good...

Hassoun Camara - As the only veteran on the back line, Camara performed brilliantly and bounced back from a rare off-night last Saturday. The French defender was busy all game long in communicating and directing the young defenders. Schallibaum could not have picked a better choice to lead the youngsters as no doubt  the communication was carried out in French.

L'Académie !-I'm referring of course  to Karl Ouimette, Wandrille Lefevre and Maxime Tissot. It wasn't against an MLS club, but the young defenders showed up Tuesday night and showed #IMFC fans that under the right conditions and guidance, the three can contribute to the team if needed.

Ouimette might have been the best in the first half, but Tissot and Lefevre got stronger and more confident as the match went on. Tissot was credited with an assist on the Wenger goal with a nice decisive pass between two Heredia defenders.

Andrew Wenger- Considering just two games ago I was ready see him go in the offseason,  I must recognize the effort and willingness by Wenger to create chances for a full 90mins. He still leaves way to many plays on the field, but slowly he is using his strength and speed to influence a game.

For a second straight match, Schallibaum gave the young forward some minutes in the midfield and he did not look out of place when on the wing. Wenger placed two nice crosses, including the Di Vaio diving header that almost led to a goal.

The Bad...

Nyassi /Pisanu - Both players struggled to assert themselves against an inferior club at home. Nyassi was barely noticeable all game long and not surprisingly was the first choice to come off for Di Vaio at the 57th minute.

As for Pisanu, he was visible but for all the wrong reasons. There were two missed corners, lazy pass attempts and all too often careless turnovers.

Paponi Yellow Card - There were a few second half calls or may I say non-calls that left Impact fans outraged. But none more mystifying than the yellow given to Paponi for diving when the Italian appeared to be clearly fouled just outside the box.  Jamaican referee Courtney Campbell, more than happy to  show Impact fans that you don't need to be a fourth official to get a call wrong.

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The Ugly...

August 21st, 2013 - We're talking about the actual date that the Impact saw their Champion's League chances vanish. The late 86th minute game winning goal conceded back in August against C.D. Heredia is even harder to swallow now.  Montreal should have left Guatemala with at least one point as the difference in talent between the two clubs was fairly visible on the pitch.

No doubt that the Impact will use this year's MLS VS CCL experience to better manage future Impact rosters between both competitions.

Share your thoughts readers. Who impressed you? Who did not? And better yet, what did I get wrong?

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