The Montreal Impact started the 2017 pre-season games on a bad foot losing 4-1 to the Chicago Fire on Wednesday at Al Lang Stadium in Tampa Bay.
The Impact was off to an early mishap when Wandrille Lefèvre turned over the ball to Michael de Leeuw who gave a beautiful pass to David Accam which resulted in a goal 24 seconds into the game.
The Impact trailed by two in the 15th minute when Accam stepped in front of a pass on the left and then found Nikolic open near the top of the box. Nikolic took a touch and laid it off for Dax McCarty who fired one past the keeper.
In the 18th minute, the game was put far beyond the Impacts reach when Michael Harrington whipped a cross into the box and was headed in by Impact defender Kyle Fisher by mistake.
Chicago didn't stop there when Nikolic made it 4-0 in the 64th minute with a perfect shot in the bottom corner of the net.
A handball in the box in the 88th minute gave Piatti a penalty shot, Piatti converted with a beautiful shot past the keeper.
Impact fans shouldn't worry about this loss, the team seemed a bit rusty and many players were playing with each other for the 1st time. The Impact has a couple more pre-season games left and I'm sure they'll do fine in those.
Scoring Summary: CHI – David Accam (Michael de Leeuw) 1CHI – Dax McCarty (Nemanja Nikolic, David Accam) 15CHI – Kyle Fisher (own goal) 18CHI – Nemanja Nikolic (Michael de Leeuw, John Goossens) 64MTL – Ignacio Piatti (penalty kick) 88
Players who played:
Montreal Impact: G-Maxime Crépeau (Evan Bush 46’); D- Kyle Fisher (Chris Duvall 46’), Mélé Temguia^ (Víctor Cabrera 46’), Wandrille Lefèvre (Laurent Ciman 46’), Anthony Wallace* (Aron Mkungilwa^ 46’); M-Dominic Oduro (Matteo Mancosu 46’), Marco Donadel (Calum Mallace 46’), Patrice Bernier (Andrés Romero 46’), Hernán Bernardello (Louis Béland-Goyette 46’), Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla (Nacho Piatti 46’); F-Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Nick DePuy 33’, Michael Salazar 61’)
Chicago Fire: Jorge Bava, Michael Harrington (Jonathan Campbell 71), Johan Kappelhof (Joey Calistri 83), Joao Meira (Patrick Doody 78), Brandon Vincent (*Matej Dekovic 71), Dax McCarty (Drew Conner 78), Juninho (Collin Fernandez 78), Arturo Alvarez (John Goossens 61), Michael de Leeuw (*Brandt Bronico 71), David Accam (Luis Solignac 61), Nemanja Nikolic (David Arshakyan 71).Dekovic 71), Dax McCarty (Drew Conner 78), Juninho (Collin Fernandez 78), Arturo Alvarez (John Goossens 61), Michael de Leeuw (*Brandt Bronico 71), David Accam (Luis Solignac 61), Nemanja Nikolic (David Arshakyan 71).