The Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City shared the spoils in a game that was evenly balanced on the whole.
MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact’s winning streak at home came to the end on Saturday as Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City was able to keep the home side at bay, as both teams played to a 0-0 draw.
Head coach Jesse Marsch admitted to the media in the postgame conference that the draw was a fair result as Sporting dominated proceedings in the first half, whereas the Impact dictated terms in the second half.
“It was like two different halves,” Marsch explained. “The first half was a little bit tentative and they had us penned in a little bit. The second half we put on Andrew [Wenger], made an adjustment and wanted to push the game on their end and feel like at least you go down swinging.
“I thought the effort overall in the second half was very good, and I think we’re a little unlucky not to get one. The way the game was going in the last 15 minutes, I thought we had a chance to get a goal and get three points,”
Midfielder Patrice Bernier explained that the Impact didn’t have the right approach in the first half, and that by the time the team got a grip on the game, there wasn’t enough time to find the go ahead goal.
“There’s a bit of mixed feeling [in the lockeroom], because we played two different halves,” said Bernier. “In the first half we let them dictate and they pressed well and we weren’t able to find the right tempo and in the second half we did finally find it but it was too late. We only got a point, but we needed to win.”
With six points behind the Houston Dynamo in the fifth and final playoff spot, and having played two games more, making the playoffs looks beyond the Impact’s power at this point as the club only has three games remaining in the season.
Despite the likelihood of not making the postseason, Marsch insisted that the Impact aren’t going to now let up, especially considering how far the team has come this season.
“It certainly starts to feel like the points are going against us,” said Marsch. We obviously have an eye on results around the league, and know that we’re on the outside looking in, with games in hand and everything. It’s not a great situation for us, but we’re not stopping. As long as there’s still a little light at the end of the tunnel. Whatever, this team’s given everything they’ve had every day, all year long, and for sure we’re not stopping now”.
The Impact only have one more home game remaining in the season, and Marsch also paid tribute to the 20,521 fans in attendance who supported the team in the rain and through thick and thin.
“I want to thank our fans," said Marsch. "I think that the way they showed up in the rain and the way they supported our team knowing this was a big game. I think they were a big help for us in giving a push at the end and it's been great playing at this stadium in front of these fans and certainly I know the players really enjoy it.”
The Impact’s next game is on the road two weekends from now against the Houston Dynamo, who have yet to lose at home, and the Impact will be hoping to put an end to that trend.
Nick Sabetti covers the Montreal Impact for Goal.com Canada.