Despite dropping points for a third consecutive game on Sunday against Chivas USA, the Impact tried to remain upbeat about their recent performances.
MONTREAL - It wasn’t the result they were looking for, but a point is better than nothing.
Against lowly Chivas USA, the Montreal Impact only managed a 1-1 draw Sunday night at Saputo Stadium, but Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum said in the post-game press conference that he was content with the way his team fared and that ultimately things simply didn’t fall its way.
“We had a lot of chances and their goalkeeper made some good saves. Maybe we were missing a bit of a lucky punch to make it 2-1 but we had the belief until the end that we could win this game,” Schällibaum said. “Sometimes you win and sometimes like tonight you only draw. But that’s part of football".
It was Chivas who struck first in the 55th minute as Eric Avila capitalized on a Hassoun Camara giveaway. But the Impact eventually equalized in the 81st minute as Patrice Bernier converted from the penalty spot. The Impact were also able to come from behind on Wednesday and snatch a point against Toronto.
Bernier explained that the Impact did well to fight back in these two games and obtain the two points that they did.
“At the end of the day, you look at the game in Toronto and after the first half I’m pretty sure everyone was thinking we would come out with zero (points) but we came out with one. And today we got one again. We have to look at it and say, ‘Look, every point helps us,’” Bernier said to Goal.
He added: “Last year, maybe we would have dropped these points completely and at the end you’re left saying, if only we had drawn here and got a point there. We just have to look ahead to the second half of the season and refresh and regroup.”
Despite having played three games in seven days, forward Marco Di Vaio insisted he didn’t think fatigue was at all a factor in the game.
“Physically we were fine. On Wednesday we were able to come from behind against Toronto and I thought today we managed the game better than we did the last two so I don’t think fitness was at all an issue,” Di Vaio said to Goal in Italian.
“We’ve been a bit unlucky defensively and it isn’t easy to react, but we’ve done that twice this week. The team is alive and well – this is important.”
The Impact remain in first place in the Eastern Conference and hold a one point lead over Sporting Kansas City in second with two games in hand.