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Bush hopes the Impact will be able to retain the lesson learned by Toronto FC last season.
The guardian is a long-time Impact Evan Bush hopes that the club will be able to retain the lesson learned by its rival last season.
“I think we feel a cautious optimism, said Bush. When you look at the previous teams that were too confident, you think a team like Toronto FC last season. Even if it was a good team on paper, it was far in the standings at mid-season and was never able to get back in the portrait of the playoffs. “
The Impact, as Toronto FC did not qualify for the playoffs of the MLS in 2018, but expectations were lower in the camp montreal.
This season, the Blue-white-black wants to succeed where he came just short last fall. The Impact will begin its season 2019 Saturday evening, a visit to the Earthquakes of San Jose.
“The main goal is to qualify for the playoffs,” said midfielder Samuel Piette. And then, we want to know the longest possible route. “
The Impact has been a very slow start to the campaign in 2018, winning just three of their first thirteen matches, while the many changes made during the off-season, put a little sand in the gears. But when everything finally fell into place, the Impact is shown as a very good MLS teams in the second half of the campaign and was finally eliminated from the race on the final day of the season.
This time, the items that start the season in the Impact are much more comfortable with each other.
“It is a pleasure to find the same players,” said rear side Bacary Sagna. We know each other and we know what elements can help us to win in every position. “
Ignacio Piatti will again be the headliner of the Impact. Piatti has dominated the team with sixteen goals last season. However, many expect to see it go in Argentina at the end of the campaign in order to be closer to her family.
“I believe that he really loves Montreal,” said Bush about Piatti. When there are several factors to consider to make a decision, it becomes more difficult. “
The Impact is expected to present a scheme 4-3-3, the same that he used during his best moments last season. Daniel Lovitz and Sagna will therefore be able to contribute offensively as a rear side.
“We want this to go through the work of the back line, said Sagna. As long as we are strong defensively, we can then generate opportunities and I am confident that we will score goals given the quality of our attackers. “
The offensive, however, remains a question mark in the Impact. Matteo Mancosu and Quincy Amarikwa have not lived up to expectations last season and have not returned.
Maxi Urruti, acquired from FC Dallas, will have the arduous task of assisting Piatti after scoring 29 goals in 95 outings prior to the transaction.
“I believe that he joins us at an ideal time, said Piette. It ends the games. It is also a good guy. I think he’s going to achieve lots of beautiful things [Piatti]. “
The Impact has also acquired Orji Okwonkwo through a loan from Bologna FC. Okwonkwo prefer to play on the right, but could also be used as an attacker. Harry Novillo should also get more game time on the right wing.
Anthony Jackson-Hamel is back with the team, even though he had clearly expressed his dissatisfaction about his use last season.