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At Cruz Azul's training centre, La Noria, the Montreal Impact played its first competitive friendly of the 2015 of the season. The Bleu-Blanc-Noir faced off against its hosts, La Máquina, and lose the bout 1-0.

The goal was scored by Ismael Valadez at the 59th minute.

Highlights

Quotes

Frank Klopas, Head Coach

The biggest thing for us is to get used to the heat and the altitude. It's technically only our second training session here in Mexico, but I thought that overall we were good. We defended pretty well and were organized. Sometimes we forced the ball too much, but that comes from fatigue, which is normal, but we pushed through against a good opponent.

Patrice Bernier, Midfielder and Captain

The beginning was difficult as we had to adjust to the conditions," added Patrice Bernier. "But, we adjusted quickly and were organized and compact. It was a good start against a good opponent, but now we have to keep working hard.

Lineups


MTL - Bush; Tissot (Gagnon-Lapare 60'), Ciman (Cabrera 45'), Soumare (Lefevre 60'), Miller (Toia 60'); Donadel (Mallace 60'), Reo-Coker (Bernier 60'), Piatti (Alexander 60'), Duka (Mapp 45'), Romero (Oduro 60'); McInerney (Williams 60')

Cruz Azul - Allison; Chávez, Loeschbor, Madrid, Mendoza; Lizarazo (Zúñiga 72'), Castro, Vela, Cota; Pedroza, Valadez.

Goal

Cruz Azul - Valadez 58'

Cautions

MTL - McInerney 42'
Cruz Azul - Loeschbor 54'

The Montreal Impact made the trip to Mexico to prepare for its CONCACAF quarter-final game against Liga MX's Pachuca. Montreal will play its second preseason game against Club Proyecto Tecamachalco, a third division club, this Friday.