On a chilly Saturday afternoon the Montreal Impact escaped Gillette Stadium with a 0-0 draw. Montreal lined up with a very different looking starting eleven than from their CONCACAF Champions League match on Wednesday night. Nacho Piatti, Bakary Soumaré, Marco Donadel, and Dilly Duka did not factor in the starting lineup.
In their place Hassoun Camara, Calum Mallace, Tissot, and Alexander took their place. Cameron Porter also received his second start up front for the second match in a row, unfortunately it did not last long.
After losing Justin Mapp in their first MLS match of 2015 the Impact suffered another big blow Saturday when rookie Cameron Porter went down in the 20th minute with a torn ACL. The early prognosis is that Porter will be out for six months.
The second half did not get any easier for Montreal. In the second half, Dominic Oduro went down with an injury in the 56th minute. This provided an opportunity for Andres Romero to enter the match, after missing the last few weeks with an injury of his own.
The final blow for the Impact occurred a few minutes later when Hassoun Camara received his second yellow card and was sent off. Evan Bush, Laurent Ciman and Maxim Tissot all played well and helped lead the Impact to a well earned draw.
Hard Work Pays Off:
The 2015 is still young however the Impact already look like a more confident group. Frank Klopas looks a lot more comfortable in his team selections and substitutions. The added depth in defence and the midfield is already paying off. Although the Impact only managed a draw against the New England Revolution the majority of supporters should be optimistic considering the red card to Camara and the injury to Porter.
Keeper Evan Bush was quoted after the match
"This one feels almost like a victory. A point on the road is surely a good result."
The Impact will reload and get ready for their MLS home opener next weekend against Orlando City SC.