This is the follow-up article to Impact vs Fire: Player ratings part 1. In this article, I will rate the rest of the starting line up and subs.
Harry Shipp: The young American was hoping to have an impact against his former squad. After being dealt from his childhood team, Shipp has had a bit of trouble fitting in with his new team mates. Shipp showed promise in the first 2 games of the season but his play has regressed lately. On Saturday, Shipp's performance showed improvement over the last 3 weeks performances. He seemed to find the chemistry he had with Piatti in the first 2 games of the season and he managed two shots, 1 on target. Performance Rating: 6.5/10
Ignacio Piatti: Right up until stoppage time, the Impact looked set for their first draw of the season but in the 91st minute, the amazing Ignacio Piatti let fly a dazzling right footed strike from the edge of the penalty. His beautiful shot nestled itself into the back of Matt Lampson's net and that assured the Impact their second road win of the young 2016 season. After struggling under the coverage applied on him by opposing coaches, our great Argentine finally seemed able to find space in the attacking half this week at Toyota Stadium. Piatti's goal was not only breathtaking but also assured the Impact 3 elusive road points. On the down side, I find that the Argentine playmaker can be greedy with the ball in the opposing team's box. In the 52nd and 62nd minutes respectively, Piatti lost the ball inside Chicago's 18 yard box. Often, Piatti will attempt the extra dribble before shooting or passing to a wide open teammate. This tendency to try and hold on to the ball too long and attempt the extra move often leads to him losing possession of the ball. Performance Rating: 8/10 Johan Venegas: The young Costa Rican international was filling in for the injured Lucas Ontivero. The former Alajuelense star has impressed me with his appearances as a sub so far this season and I was eager to see what he could do with his 1st start of the 2016 season. The 27 year old was quite disappointing in Chicago this Saturday. His contribution at Toyota Stadium was essentially 2 clearances, 1 tackle and 1 recovery. After 50 disappointing minutes, he was switched out for Didier Drogba. Performance Rating: 4.5/10 Dominic Oduro: The speedy Ghanaian's number one asset is definitively his astonishing speed. He is a constant headache to the opposing defence with his blistering pace but once he winds up in front of the net he often has a difficult time finding the back of the net. After a series of fortunate bounces off a set piece taken by Ciman, Oduro found himself with the ball at his feet near the 9 yard line. Of course, he sent the ball to the left of Chicago keeper Matt Lampson. After Didier Drogba took to the pitch in the 50th minute, Oduro switched over to right midfield and he seemed quite a bit more comfortable there. It was from that position that Oduro sent in two decisive passes. In the 55th minute, he sent in a low cross that our great Ivorian sent into the back of the net with a beautiful back heel flick. Later, in the 91st minute, Oduro found Piatti open on the left flank and he sent in the pass. That pass led to Piatti's highlight reel goal. Performance Rating: 7/10
Wandrille Lefèvre: At the start of added time at the end of the first half, Wandrille Lefèvre came in for the struggling and injured Victor Cabrera. The Canadian proved to Mauro Biello that he is very capable of filling in whenever he might be needed. The recently named Canadian citizen managed 2 shots, 1 one target (86th minute). The 27 year old also recovered the ball 4 times in the Impact's half and had a successful tackle in our box in the 51st minute. Performance Rating: 7.5/10
Didier Drogba: Drogba made his much anticipated 2nd appearance of the season in the 50th minute. Impact fans did not have to wait very long before they saw the great elephant score. That back heel flick was an absolutely world class goal. The sequence that led to his goal was also initiated by Drogba. He rushed the Fire's keeper and forced him to rush his clearance. Oduro was able to intercept the rushed clearance and feed the ball back to Didier. After equalizing the score, Drogba become slightly less visible but his work was already done. Performance Rating: 8.5/10
Marco Donadel: The former Fiorentina man came into the game in the 80th minute for Kyle Bekker. For the 10 minutes the Italian played, we saw the depth he adds on set pieces. He also greatly helps the Impact in their ball distribution from the holding midfield position. The Montreal Impact are a much more dangerous and overall a better team offensively and defensively with Marco Donadel in the starting 11. Performance Rating: 8/10
Well, that is all for this week. I am looking forward to seeing what the Impact will be able to do with a fully healthy team. This week, the Impact gained offensive flair as the game went on. I hope that we will see the attack progress further next week. In week 8 of the MLS season, our Montreal Impact will take on the despised Toronto FC at home. This rivalry match will be the inaugural game of the season at Saputo Stadium. Hopefully, we will see Donadel and Drogba in the starting lineup and we will crush TFC.
Thanks for reading this week's articles. Your comments give us writers at MRS motivation to keep on writing week after week.