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What’s Wrong With Our Football Club?

What’s Wrong With Our Football Club?

Attempting to unravel Impact’s decline... The answer to that question might well, be, “How long have you got?” Eighteen defeats in last 22 matches!!! So, who’s at fault? The Owner? The Front Office Technical Staff? The Coach and his Management Team, maybe? Or quite simply, the Players? YES !!! Let’s stick to facts for a moment. THE OWNER Joey Saputo, the owner, is committed. Clearly he loves the Montreal Impact. Clearly he appreciates the beautiful game, as any self-respecting Italian-Canadian should. It’s also pretty clear that if not for him, there wouldn’t be...

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Mount Royal Soccer May 21, 2018
Recap: #IMFC vs #LAGalaxy

Recap: #IMFC vs #LAGalaxy

Another home game, another defeat, another disappointing result for the fans, the players, and management. Celebrating 25 years of existence and the visit of the Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic meant a sold out crowd on a beautiful Monday afternoon. As a great soccer afternoon announced itself and Impact looked a little more present in their game fans were hopeful but the more time went the more panic set in that the Bleu Blanc Noir was unable to seal the deal despite favorable conditions. Early on both teams exchanged opportunities. LA Galaxy getting the first one as Kamara created some...
Mount Royal Soccer May 20, 2018
Happy 25th, Impact – Special Guest & Bagful of Goals to Celebrate!

Happy 25th, Impact – Special Guest & Bagful of Goals to Celebrate!

... but IMFC will prefer result over occasion ... Impact celebrates its 25thyear, and the Man who talks about himself, always in the third person, gets an invite! The party hosts will be hoping there’s no post-game interview where a certain Swede declares, “Zlatan – he always scores!” Chances are though …. he will. We’re looking at a meeting of two of the weakest sides, defensively, in MLS, and if respective coaches, Remi Garde and Sigi Schmid decide attack is the best form of defence for Matinee Monday, there will inevitably be an avalanche of goals. The Swede, three to his...
Mount Royal Soccer May 18, 2018
Your Pick: Starting XI Against LA Galaxy

Your Pick: Starting XI Against LA Galaxy

Slim pickens for this one as an accumulation to the injury front. The Montreal Impact are home to celebrate their 25th anniversary. This momentous event also coincides with Zlatan's visit to Montreal. A sold out stadium and great weather forecast should result in a good show but fans will be hopeful for a good result as well. With limited choices on the defensive line, including Michael Petrasso who is an uncertain case for Monday and a returning Marco Donadel who may be slotted in at an unfamiliar role. Jeisson Vargas has also resumed practice but it would be surprising to see him as a...
Mount Royal Soccer May 17, 2018
Zlatan Coming to Town and Garde left with Slim Pickens

Zlatan Coming to Town and Garde left with Slim Pickens

Impact not getting the success they want and now stuck with injury on top of injury. The Impact back line has been a reoccurring issue and point of discussion this season and I could even go as far as saying last season as well. They traded their General away picked up the piece they assume would fill the spot in Zakaria Diallo. He was injured before the start of the season. Management picked up another player, Rod Fanni, thinking he could lead the back line, which in many ways he has. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Now the leader of pillar of the defense might be...
Mount Royal Soccer May 16, 2018
Over The Hump & Player Ratings ....

Over The Hump & Player Ratings ....

A Nightmare On Sherbrooke Street! Most of what needs to be said of last Saturday’s debacle has already been posted, tweeted, talked about on radio, TV and in the press, a million times. It was quite simply the poorest showing yet from an Impact side in this most frustrating of seasons. Only the annus horribilis of 2014, rivals what we’ve seen since March for disappointment and a sheer sense of underwhelming. Won three. Lost eight! Go back to Impact’s last 21 MLS encounters, it doesn’t get any better. Won four. Lost seventeen! Those that own/run the club can consider themselves...
Mount Royal Soccer May 15, 2018
Jado’s Virtuosos: Rough Week for Montreal

Jado’s Virtuosos: Rough Week for Montreal

In typical Impact fashion, the team started a busy stretch of 3 games in 8 days very well, only to falter later on. This edition of Jado’s Virtuosos covers Montreal’s last three games, and I’ve also added a section with some thoughts about the week. Enjoy!  The Montreal Impact had a busy week, hosting the Revs on Saturday May 5th, followed by a midweek away fixture in Chicago against the Fire and finally coming back home to play the Philadelphia Union on Saturday May 12th. It was an opportunity for the Impact to turn their season around, with two of the three games coming against...
Mount Royal Soccer May 14, 2018
Andrea Poli, A Possible fix at midfield

Andrea Poli, A Possible fix at midfield

The Montreal Impact has had an abysmal start to the season, sputtering out of the gate with a subpar, 3-0-8 record. There is an abundance of holes in the Impact’s starting 11. They lack a bonafide striker, a midfielder to join forces with Saphir Taider and Samuel Piette and a stable center back that can anchor the defense. Unfortunately, the majority of Remi Garde’s new acquisitions underperformed in the early going. Given that the new additions underachieved thus far and the gaping holes throughout the Impact’s roster, It’s not entirely shocking that the Impact has stumbled from...
Mount Royal Soccer May 14, 2018
Recap: #IMFC vs #cf97

Recap: #IMFC vs #cf97

Who succeed when the worse defense meets the worse offence? Not the one Impact fans had hoped. Impact headed back home to face off against the Philadelphia Union for their third match in 8 days; meanwhile this shouldn't have been used as an excuse because they are professionals and both teams were in the same situation. Very early on something looked off in the game play of the Impact giving up many opportunities to their opponents and being too passive in the final third. In the early minutes of the game a penalty shout was heard in Saputo Stadium after Piatti was taken down questionably...
Mount Royal Soccer May 12, 2018
FACT & FEATS - Montreal Impact v Philadelphia Union

FACT & FEATS - Montreal Impact v Philadelphia Union

A statistical look at Impact’s MLS history with Philadelphia Union ahead of Saturday’s big game ... Montreal has met Philadelphia Union 16 times in regular season play, since becoming an MLS club, and enjoys its best Eastern Conference playing record against “The City of Brotherly Love”. Montreal has won 7 and tied 6 of the previous encounters, losing only 3 (once at Stade Saputo). At Stade Saputo, Montreal is 6-1-1,. In Phillie tied games are plentiful, Montreal is 1-2-5. Montreal leads the series goals tally with 30 against Union’s 19. Union’s sole victory in Montreal...
Mount Royal Soccer May 11, 2018
Pregame: Montreal Expects ....

Pregame: Montreal Expects ....

How well will Impact wear favourites tag over Union? As a lifetime follower of the Northern Ireland national football team, I know how I dread the raising of expectancy levels, generally in the Green and White Army’s case, on the back of a couple of decent, maybe unexpected results. Given false hope, games they’re then expected to win so often end up in misery, and without victory, although to be fair it’s not been too bad over the past 3 or 4 years. There are certain similarities with this Saturday’s scenario waiting to be played out at Stade Saputo. Montreal has a better record...
Mount Royal Soccer May 11, 2018
Your Pick: Starting XI Against Philadelphia Union

Your Pick: Starting XI Against Philadelphia Union

Third game in seven days, Impact will need to overcome fatigue for important game with the team sitting one point behind them. The Montreal Impact are back home for their third game in seven days against a team that is a very similar place. This home game is an important one for the Bleu-Blanc-Noir against a conference opponent. The eleven players on the pitch will need to work as a unit defensively as they did on Wednesday for the full ninety minutes but be more deadly in the final third. Your recipe to success for the match up on Saturday? Let us know your preferred formation in the...
Mount Royal Soccer May 11, 2018
Punchless Impact Pierced at the Death!

Punchless Impact Pierced at the Death!

Reflections and Player Ratings from Toyota Park. If there was a good time to play Chicago, it was probably Wednesday evening past: The Fire, not enjoying some decidedly indifferent home form, a low to non-existent decibel level from the stands negating the influence of home advantage, and the return to defence of Rod Fanni. What could go wrong? It all looked encouraging throughout most of a first-half only really remarkable for an uncharacteristic miss control by Piatti, when presented with an opportunity he’d normally gobble up effortlessly. But surely there would be others …....
Mount Royal Soccer May 10, 2018
Recap: #CF97 vs #IMFC

Recap: #CF97 vs #IMFC

Winning didn't seem like an option but losing shouldn't have been one either... In an uneventful Wednesday night the Impact looked like they would have held on for one point in Chicago but with only a few minutes to go they loss their defensive stability that they had held so well all game long. The loss was even more disappointing because the Impact had a few chances but seem to be looking for the perfect pass or couldn't capitalize on golden opportunities. The first big chance of the game belong to Piatti who was cleverly fed the ball by Jackson. Piatti was alone in the box but his first...
Mount Royal Soccer May 9, 2018
Facts & Feats - Chicago Fire v IMFC

Facts & Feats - Chicago Fire v IMFC

A statistical look at Impact’s MLS history with Chicago Fire, ahead of Wednesday evening’s clash. . . Montreal has met Chicago Fire 16 times in regular season play, since becoming an MLS club, and edges the series. Five games have ended all square, Montreal has won six, Chicago, five. Chicago however has scored one more goal than The Impact (23-22). At Toyota Park, there’s been 7 meetings. Fire has won three, Montreal, one, while there have been three ties. Chicago leads the goals tally on this one 13-8. Montreal’s sole victory at the venue was on 16 April 2016. Goals from...

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