MONTREAL — Ignacio Piatti showed some glimpses of his star talent in his first appearance for the Montreal Impact in a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday. The 29-year-old winger started the game on the left-hand side of midfield and played almost an hour before being subbed off by fellow Argentine Andres Romero.
Piatti didn’t see the ball very often, as Chicago's aggressive pressing game made it difficult for the Impact to keep possession. His best and only scoring chance came in the fifth minute, when he was sent through on goal by Marco Di Vaio, though he failed to beat the last opposing defender in his way.
“Marco gave me a nice through ball and then the defender was able to close me down,” Piatti told Goal after the game. “I tried to beat him, but he was able to take it off of me. I got there a little tired. In the end the important thing was that we won.”
Di Vaio, who scored the game’s only goal in the 84th minute, acknowledged that there was a natural chemistry between Piatti and himself, as the two designated players linked up with each other on several occasions in the first half.
“Playing with players that are good with the ball at their feet makes things easier,” Di Vaio said. “He’s a player that has a lot of quality, he just has to understand what kind of league this and the current state of the team. But he has the right attitude and the desire to make a difference.”
Coach Frank Klopas was pleased with Piatti’s output, especially considering that the former San Lorenzo star only arrived in Montreal on Wednesday after a long flight from Buenos Aires. Even if Piatti was feeling tired, Klopas said he felt it was important for him to get involved right away.
“Coming in after long trip and stuff, you can see that he doesn’t have his legs yet from the travel, but he’s a quality player and I think in time you’re going to see him integrate with the team,” Klopas said in the postgame news conference. “In the moments when he got the ball in open field he's dynamic but you can see today that he a little tired, and that’s normal.”
“The important thing today was to get him on the field and help get used to playing with the guys on the team.”
Piatti acknowledged he was feeling a little fatigue, but said he was satisfied with his performance.
“I felt good. I’ve only been here for three days, so I have to rest a little, but I felt good in these 50 or so minutes that I played,” Piatti said. “I was able to combine with Marco a little and the others, so it was a good start.”
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