Another game, two more dropped points.
In what has seemed to become somewhat of a pattern for the Montreal Impact, fans are left dissatisfied from performances that should be victories, but come away as draws, or in some cases defeats.
With coach Mauro Biello again deciding to play a more direct formation, it should come as no surprise to Impact fans that the majority of the offense came through the middle of the pitch, often playing long balls over the top to take advantage of the speed of Dominic Oduro. Unfortunately, this very rarely worked, and it took a stroke of individual brilliance from Didier Drogba to get the Impact on the board at first.
If there is one thing that is glaring from this team, is the distinct lack of a field general on the pitch at any given moment. Laurent Ciman is away with Belgium at the euros, Marco Donadel is injured, and Patrice Bernier unfortunately is no longer able to start and finish a game at his older age. The Impact have been uncharacteristically committing numerous suspect fouls, often conceding free kicks in dangerous areas. These are things that rarely happen with any of the above players on the pitch, as they are all there to ensure the Impact stay tight defensively and make the opposition work for their goals.
One can only hope that one of the three are in the starting lineup come next week, even if only for 60 minutes.
Man of the Match: Lucas Ontivero
Another week, another good performance from the diminutive Argentinian.
It looks as if young Ontivero has started to put it together when it comes to playing in a physical league like the MLS, as he is getting away from defenders quicker, and moving the ball better as well.
Starting the game off on the right side of the pitch, it seemed as if he would drift centrally often, getting opportunities on goal, or moving the ball to get others opportunities. With this, I for one am hoping he gets to start in a more central role behind the strikers from the beginning of the game, as iot seems to be where he is most efficient.
Honorable Mention: Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba has such class, it really is unbelievable Impact fans get to be treated to his game each and every week.
Often I find myself watching Didier and think to myself, "Why isn't he running?" or "He seems really lazy", and then all of a sudden he puts in a cross like he did on the Impact's first goal.
It really is amazing. Words really are not able to properly paint the majestic picture.
Most Surprising Performance: Lack of Change in Starting Formation Shape
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.
Well, it seems that the coaching brass might be inching closer to this definition. In what seems to be the new "go-to" formation for the Impact while many are injured, the 4-4-2 has yet to yield any great results.
And this is not to say that the Impact cannot play in this formation, but rather the deployment of certain players has some, including myself and others here at MRS, scratching their heads just a bit.
For this space, I would like to focus my attention on the midfield 4. The left features Iganacio Piatti, which is more then fine, it allows him the space to dribble with the ball, and either cut in for a shot or move the ball forward to a striker (as long as that strikers name is not Oduro apparently). Moving more central, is where the problem really begins. And this is really due to the fact that both players are redundant towards each other. Both Alexander and Bekker, while fine players individually, bring the same thing to the game. They both like to move deeper and then move the ball forward. And the question I ask is, why?
Whenever Ontivero has been given the opportunity to play more centrally, he has excelled. When Harry Shipp plays more central, he is more effective. Hell, even Johan Venegas plays better centrally. Why not give these guys a chance to play beside either Bekker or Alexander? And allow Oduro to play the right side, providing opportunity for the likes of Salazar and Porter to play striker with Drogba.
To many, this seems obvious, and yet the coaching staff seems to like the redundancy of playing both Alexander and Bekker together.
Most Disappointing Performance: Evan Bush
Rough outing for Mr.Bush. There are more and more games that I come away not impressed with Evan Bush's overall game. I hope that he is able to buck this trend in the near future, as he is a very important part of this team's ability to make a run towards an MLS championship.
But that's just one man's opinion, let me know yours by tweeting @javiergonz1994 or leaving a comment below!
Man of the Match Awards - Thus far
Laurent Ciman - 3
Ignacio Piatti -3
Didier Drogba - 2
Lucas Ontivero - 2
Kyle Bekker - 1
N/A - 1