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Binks Likes Orlando Schedule; Expects Tough Opener v New England.

Preparations for MLS-is-Back continue...

New England Revolution v Montreal Impact
Luis Binks (left) draws on his experience of playing against New England and expects a tough game when the sides go head to head in Orlando.
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Luis Binks, Impact’s youthful centre-back has expressed his satisfaction at getting back on the training ground after a few days off.

“It’s been good to get a bit of shape-work before we go off to Orlando.”

He’s positive also about the tournament scheduling which sees Impact face New England, Toronto FC and DC United in that order with six days between games. Binks is also happy each of the Impact games have evening kick-offs.

“The schedule is good. I think it helps we’re not playing in the mornings because that would be tough. I think we’re used to play night games so hopefully that plays in our favour.”

The former Tottenham Hotspur starlet was in no mood to underestimate New England despite already playing in an Impact victory over the Revs earlier this season.

“Whenever we play them, It’s going to be difficult. They’re a good side. When they came here they were very physical, but I think we know a lot about them. They know a lot about us [as well]. So it will be a very good game.”

Binks joined the Impact in February this year, after leaving Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.

The 18-year-old made a number of appearances for Spurs u23 side and has been capped by England at u16, u17, u18 and u19 levels, and also played *Victory Shield football for Scotland.

Binks is eligible for England through birth and for Scotland through a grandfather.

To date he has played in 2 MLS matches and 2 CONCACAF Champions League matches for the Impact.

* Victory Shield is an annual international schoolboy football tournament at u16 level involving Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.