The Montreal Impact will look to rebound in their second match of the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, after falling to New York City F.C. 1-0 on Wednesday evening. Saturday's opponents will be D.C. United who drew their first match against the Philadelphia Union 1-1. Wednesday's loss to NYCFC saw the Impact use a split squad approach utilizing an almost completely different lineup between the first and second half.
What to Watch For:
- Mauro Biello said on Friday that, "Some of our younger players deserve to play tomorrow, and I would like to see them develop some cohesion with our first team regulars". With a large number of younger players at training camp this statement could open up the door for the likes of: Maxime Crépeau, Kyle Fisher, Louis Béland-Goyette, Michael Salazar, and Eric Verso to see more playing time.
- Mauro Biello also stated on Friday that, "Several players will be going 70 minutes". Biello would like to see the team play "more compact and harder to break down" on Saturday. These comments could open the door for someone like Laurent Ciman to play more minutes as he can bring more stability and intensity to the match. Someone else that would fit into this role would be Marco Donadel. Donadel was one of the better players for the Impact on Wednesday and has come into training camp in much better shape than in 2015. Part of this can be attributed to the Italian midfielder training with his former Italian side Fiorentina in the offseason in order to get ready for the 2016 MLS campaign.
- With D.C. United playing in the first leg of the Quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night against Queretaro FC, it will be interesting to see how they manage their squad. In D.C. United's opening match they played a close to full-strength squad for nearly 80-minutes against the Union. Will United take their foot off the gas a little only four days before their big match or proceed full steam ahead?
- And last but not least, a question that will be asked all season long, will Didier Drogba play? With the striker only joining the Impact earlier this week the odds are not too strong but never say never.
*Quotes Courtesy of the Montreal Impact