The Montreal Impact were shutout for already a second time on Sunday, but can now look forward to their star forward's return to the lineup.
As was the case last week in the Impact’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Houston Dynamo, Montreal created numerous opportunities throughout the game, but came up empty-handed in the end.
Visibly irritated with the result in the post-game press conference, Impact head coach Frank Klopas explained that his side was simply unlucky not to have been able to score given the chances it generated.
“If you look at the game overall, in terms of possession, our ability to get into good [scoring] spots and put crosses in, we just didn’t get any little breaks,” Klopas told assembled media. “Nothing’s going for us right now and that’s the frustrating part.”
With 35 crosses delivered from open play, 16 shots and the majority of ball possession, it certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying that the Impact ultimately came up short.
The Sounders, on the other hand, managed to make of the most of their four shots on target by scoring twice.
The loss leaves the Impact without a point from their first three games and it doesn’t get any easier with a tough road match in Philadelphia scheduled for next weekend.
But the Impact will now be able to count on the presence of star forward Marco Di Vaio, who served the last of a three-match suspension dished out for an altercation going back to last year’s playoff fixture with the Dynamo.
Team captain Patrice Bernier explained that Di Vaio’s return will offer the Impact the attacking boost that they are in most need of at the moment.
“Marco brings two factors: he keeps the other team on their heels and he brings more confidence to the team knowing that they have a guy that can change the game at any moment,” Bernier said. “We create chances, though we maybe sometimes give a little too much to the other team, an easy breakout here or there, but we have to take advantage of the fact that Marco is going to be back now.”
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