MONTREAL - Jack McInerney didn’t take very long to get his name on the score sheet.
In his first game with the Montreal Impact after being traded last week from the Philadelphia Union, McInerney scored Montreal’s only goal against the Chicago Fire in a 1-1 draw on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium.
The goal came in the 43rd minute of play after Impact forward Marco Di Vaio sent McInerney on a breakaway with a flick pass behind the Chicago defense. At the end of a long run towards goal, Mcinerney brought the ball down with his chest and delivered a low drive. Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson was able to get a leg behind the shot, but it wasn’t enough as the ball deflected into the net.
Though being happy with the fact of scoring in his first game with his new club, McInerney explained after the game that he wasn’t satisfied with his overall play.
“Other than the goal, I didn’t do well at all,” McInerney said. “I gave the ball up too much in the first half and in the second half didn’t even find the ball all that much so it’s pretty disappointing.”
Being able to create chances hasn’t been an issue for Montreal so far this season, but it was the case on Saturday as the team only managed to record two shots on target throughout the entire game.
With Chicago’s towering defenders possessing a considerable height advantage over the likes of McInerney and Di Vaio, Impact coach Frank Klopas attributed the Impact’s lack of attacking opportunities to his team delivering far too many aerial balls.
“I just felt it was a little bit difficult for them, because when there isn’t a lot of movement in midfield and you’re playing a lot of direct balls out of the back, that’s not going to be our strength,” Klopas said in the post-game press conference. “We talked about moving the ball quick, switching the point of attack, look to combine with the two strikers in order to break through, but when you play long balls against Bakary [Soumare] who’s 6’3 and [John Kennedy] Hurtado, with our strikers, it’s not to our advantage.”
Having only recently arrived with the Impact, McInerney insisted that developing chemistry with his teammates is going to take time.
“It’s only the first game and I’ve only been here for a week,” Mcinerney said. “With Marco and the other players on the team it’s going to take time to understand each other’s styles of play.”
The Impact (0-3-3) are still searching for their first win of the season.