The Impact returned to Stade Saputo on Saturday to face off against Sporting Kansas City. The Impact were looking for all three points in order to leap frog up to 2nd place in the eastern conference standings. However, the Impact were only able to secure 1 point in a 2-2 draw. Lucas Ontivero and Ignacio Piatti both scored for the Impact while Dominic Dwyer scored twice for Kansas City.
Like the score line, the statistics were pretty equal. Possession was split 50.8 to 49.2 in favor of Kansas City and both teams attempted 14 shots. Here are my thumbs up and thumbs down for the Impact's performance versus SKC.
Didier Drogba: The physical Ivorian had one of his best games of the season with the Montreal Impact. Didier seemed rejuvenated, he was chasing down the ball and putting pressure on the ball carrier in Kansas' half. Drogba's first touch of the ball was also exemplary on Saturday night. It was that first touch that led to the Impact's opening goal.
In the 15th minute, Didier recovered possession in SKC's half before sending in a perfectly placed cross towards Hassoun Camara. The fullback then played the ball with one perfect touch towards the head of Lucas Ontivero who directed the ball into the back of the net for the Impact's 1st goal of the match. In the 36th minute, Drogba was fouled inside the box. That foul led to Piatti burying the resulting penalty. Performance Rating: 9.5/10
Lucas Ontivero: The young Argentinian seemed quite comfortable playing right midfielder in the 4-4-2 Mauro Biello was experimenting with. Ontivero was well placed and executed the header perfectly to give the Impact the lead.
Aside from his goal, Ontivero was also a threat in the attacking half. He always seemed eager to try his luck from distance. For example, in the 43rd minute he let sail a left footed strike to the left of SKC's net. Ontivero also showed off his acrobatic abilities with a diving header in the 68th minute that forced Tim Melia to make a save.
On the down side, Ontivero attempted 8 dribbles, 7 of which were unsuccessful. Also, according to the MLS, Ontivero only attempted six passes, two of which did not reach their mark. Performance Rating: 7.5/10
Wandrille Lefèvre: Lefèvre is being featured in thumbs down for one simple reason: he can shoulder part of the blame on both of Sporting Kansas City's goals.
On SKC's first goal, Wandrille was not close enough to the dangerous Dominic Dwyer. A beautiful cross was sent in by Roger Espinoza. Lefèvre attempted to head the cross away but since he was not close enough to his man, Dwyer had an easy free header into the back of the net.
On SKC's 2nd goal, Dwyer was once again 1on1 with Lefèvre. Dwyer received the ball at the edge of the box and Lefèvre immediately engaged. However, Dwyer was able to once again create enough separation with the young Canadian to manage a shot that would eventually beat Even Bush. Dwyer's two goals make him the most prolific goal scorer against the impact.
On a positive note, Lefèvre did manage 8 clearances from very deep inside the Impact's half and 3 blocked shots. Performance Rating: 5/10
The Impact have proven time and time again their ability to produce draws. I get it. Now, could we please move on to a win? If the Impact are to contend for the MLS Cup we need to be able to secure all three points at home. Mauro Biello has tried changing up the tactical formation but without success. While Saturday's game produced more offensive opportunities, the Impact will need to be more solid defensively in order to secure all three points. Let's see what they can do when the Impact face off versus the New England Revolution July 2nd at Stade Saputo.