The Montreal Impact picked up a point away to Toronto FC at BMO Field, but the visitors felt they should have got more.
TORONTO - The Montreal Impact were hoping to finish off their last road game of the season with a win against rivals Toronto FC on Saturday at BMO Field, but that didn’t come to pass as both teams settled for a 0-0 draw. Despite the expansion side’s poor away form this season, the Impact weren’t quite satisfied with the draw given the many chances they had in the game.
“In the beginning of the game we had chances; at the end of the game we had very good chances and I think we did pretty well to keep their attack at bay and Troy [Perkins] didn’t have too many saves to make,” midfielder Patrice Bernier explained to the media following the match. “We just weren’t able to finish the game off, especially when the game got really open. We just weren’t effective enough.”
Impact designated player Marco Di Vaio had two great chances to bring the Impact ahead late in the game, but was unable to convert.
Assistant coach Mike Sorber, who took the place of the suspended Jesse Marsch on the Impact bench, explained the important thing with Di Vaio is that he’s getting the chances in the first place.
“The fact that he got the chances speaks about how the midfield created them,” Sorber stated. “From moving from the backfield into the midfield, from getting out wide, the crosses – that was all good. The good thing about good forwards is that they forget about the last chance and then they get another one. Marco does a good job at that and he’ll have many more.”
After opting to shoot instead of passing the ball to a wide open Di Vaio against the Houston Dynamo in the Impact’s previous outing, midfielder Justin Mapp once again got on Di Vaio’s nerves when he didn’t play Di Vaio in on what would have been a certain breakaway opportunity in the second half. Di Vaio was visibly furious with Mapp after the misplay, but after cooling off after the game, he jokingly explained that he was glad that his teammate doesn’t know Italian and was thus unable to understand the barrage of insults directed toward him.
Mapp explained that, in the heat of the moment, Di Vaio’s reaction was a normal one. The Mississippi native also admitted to being at fault on the play.
“He just wanted the ball played through, and probably rightfully so,” said Mapp. “I made a different pass to Sanna [Nyassi] and it didn’t come off. As a forward, if you don’t get the ball in certain instances, [getting upset with your teammates] happens, it’s just part of the game.”
The Impact will play their final game of the season next Saturday against the New England Revolution at Saputo Stadium.