Justin Mapp has been the most consistent player of the Montreal Impact and has been since the 2013 season. The talented midfielder/winger has been a rock for the club and has continued to establish himself as one of the best in the league at his position.
After a Marco Di Vaio dependence in 2013, the Impact is having a Mapp dependence and it has been one of the few bright spots in a gloomy season under Frank Klopas. Seven points in eleven games is a sign of a team that is struggling to win games. The numbers don't lie as the Impact has conceded 22 goals and only scored a league low of 9 goals.
Unfortunately, Mapp is not known for his scoring touch. He never was and never will be a 10-goal scorer. He is a setup man , a trigger man on the right side and uses his left foot to shake and bake his way out of a tight situation. His speed is underrated, his acceleration devastating and his ball control close to impeccable.
But now that Mississippi-native has become a positive constant on the pitch, the bleu-blanc-noir needs to build around him or at least next to him. He is not an x-factor and inconsistent like Felipe Martins and is not trying to gel with the team as Jack McInerney is doing now.
We should forget about Mapp but not take him for granted. The club needs to focus on the other offensive players that need to form a unit and find an identity, a style, some kind of impact. Depending on a healthy Di Vaio to score 20 goals and a perfect Mapp is a recipe for disaster.
What are Frank Klopas' plans?
Klopas is working on the current problems that need to be fixed and finds himself with a AX + B = C equation. With A = B = Mapp , the ex-Chicago Fire head coach has one less variable to take care of.
But how many X-Factors does he have to work with? And it is too little too late to save the 2014 season?