Marsch praises Montreal's progress in draw

Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch was satisfied with his team’s overall performance in its 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire.

MONTREAL - The Impact may have only tied their home opener against the Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon, but there was still plenty to cheer about. For one, the 58,912 in attendance at the Olympic Stadium was a new record, surpassing the one set by the Montreal Manic in 1981.

“The crowd was great tonight,” said Marsch in the post game conference. “The men really enjoyed playing in front of this home crowd and showing what they’re about."

The Impact’s overall performance was a considerable improvement from the 2-0 loss suffered a week ago in Vancouver, where the Impact failed to create many scoring chances.

“There were a lot of good performances individually and as a team it was a good night for us,” said Marsch. “We get the lead and it would have been nice to hold on to it for a little bit longer and then see if we could test them a little, counter and get a second goal. But then we gave up that play. But for the most part it’s definitely a step in the right direction."

Particularly notable was the performance of forward Justin Braun, who looked an entirely different player than a week ago and came close to scoring on several occasions, including on a disallowed goal in the 35th minute.

“Justin brings a lot of good qualities to any team because he can work so hard, he’s strong, he can hold up balls and he can run all day,” Marsch said. “He’s trying to move his sharpness forward because he was out for a good portion of preseason and it was good to see him have a good game tonight and I know that he’ll continue to improve as well."

The Impact are, however, still without a win in their first two games and it doesn’t get any easier for them as they go on a three game road stretch that includes visits to Columbus, New York and Real Salt Lake.

“It’s game by game and it’s day by day,” Marsch said. “You’re going to hear me say that a lot. This league isn’t easy. Our schedule is not an easy one to start out the year with, but we're going to commit ourselves every day and keep moving it along."

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