Even in Orlando, in the particular context we know, a game between Montrealers and Torontonians always has that little something extra. Last night, we saw 7 goals, including 5 in the first 37 minutes, chances and defensive errors on each side. Lots of mistakes.
“In this tournament, the one who will make the fewest mistakes will win,” said Thierry Henry. Unfortunately, we make more mistakes than them, especially on the defensive side. On the goals, these are school mistakes, things that have been worked on, reworked and reworked. […] If we give goals like we did in the first half, it becomes difficult. ”
Despite the result, the copy returned was better than against the New England Revolution. In addition to showing fighting spirit, the Impact held the ball better and got closer to the opposing goal. This time, it was therefore defensive absences, in positioning, concentration – with this goal conceded just after having equalized – or the physical challenge, which caused his loss. His opponent, effective in counterattack, had however only had three days of rest since his last match.
Henry kept the same 3-5-2 formula used in the second half against the Revolution, but he changed a lot of pieces in his puzzle. “To rectify certain things on the defensive level,” he conceded, but also because Joel Waterman and Rudy Camacho were not available.
We have long seen Victor Wanyama as a central defender. If he was up to it, this positioning had the unfortunate consequence of limiting his footprint in the game. According to Henry, the Kenyan caught “a lot of hits on deep balls. It had to be, as his defensive partners, like Jukka Raitala and Shamit Shome, had a difficult evening. Sign of dissatisfaction with the defense, Shome and Luis Binks were also released at half-time.
Like Samuel Piette last week, Shome found himself in an unusual right-back position where he was no match defensively and contributed little offensively. Once again, Zachary Brault-Guillard, more suited to the requirements of the position, took over this position at half-time. “Shamit played 45 minutes and Zach played 45 minutes. We created a lot more on the left side than on the right side, although Zach had a few chances at the end. We are trying to find a way to be solid defensively, but that didn’t work, ”said Henry.
We can not blame Henry for not adapting, during the match, when the individualities disappoint or the collective copy runs out of steam. In addition to the two halftime changes, he turned to a 4-3-3 in the last quarter of an hour, replacing Emanuel Maciel with Anthony Jackson-Hamel, who made an interesting entry. This was when Wanyama regained his place in midfield.
Maciel and Quioto shine
Squad rotation allowed Maciel to make his debut with the Impact. Acquired this winter from San Lorenzo, the Argentinian midfielder quickly stood out for his quality in both short and long play. It was he who sent the ball deep to Romell Quioto during Montreal’s first equalizer.
Quioto, already decisive before the pause caused by the pandemic, has again sparked. The quality of his calls and his calm in the box will do the Impact a lot of good this season. Yesterday, in any case, he scored and caused the first penalty from Saphir Taïder (36 e ). Maciel and Quioto logically showed signs of fatigue afterwards, but the impression remains very good.
“The two made a huge game. Maciel was huge. People don’t know him that much, but he was good in training and we were just waiting to see when we could get him to play, ”said Henry.
This second setback in two games places the Montreal eleven in a precarious situation for the rest of the competition. A victory against DC United will be necessary, Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., for him to hope to continue the stay in Orlando. The top two from each group and the top four third will advance to the knockout matches.
Toronto FC has 4 points on the clock. The main story of his tournament concerns Ayo Akinola (3 goals), a Michigan native who grew up in Ontario. He scored a hat-trick yesterday for a total of 5 goals in 2 games.
At the level of the national team, the attacker, from the TFC Academy, could represent the United States, Canada or even Nigeria, the country of his parents. This new player in the rivalry between the Impact and the TFC will be one to watch …