Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - After a week off from league play, the
Montreal Impact return to the pitch to face the Chicago Fire on Saturday at
In their last league match on April 14, the Impact jumped in front the
visiting Columbus Crew in the 68th minute through a marvelous strike from
outside the box by Marco Di Vaio, but just four minutes later, the Crew found
an equalizer through Dominic Oduro's second goal in as many weeks as the clubs
settled for a 1-1 draw.
After the Impact suffered their first loss of the season against Sporting
Kansas City earlier in the month, Impact head coach Marco Schallibaum's
message to him team during training was abundantly clear: you have to want it
Montreal turned in a lackluster performance in midweek in a 2-0 loss to
Toronto FC at BMO Field in the Canadian Championships.
"When we lost in Kansas City, the better team won," Impact head coach Marco
Schallibaum said. "Yesterday, it was a matter of will to win, and I saw none
of that in the second half."
Schallibaum will look to his veteran leadership in defender Alessandro Nesta
and Di Vaio to get the club back on the winning track.
Di Vaio, in particular, will aim to keep his good form going, as he has scored
each of the Impact's last three goals in league play.
After struggling the first few weeks of the season, Chicago looks to be in
better form after earning its second win of the campaign last time out, a
1-0 win over Columbus.
A throw-in gave the Fire their breakthrough. Jalil Anibaba sent it long into
the penalty area, and Austin Berry's flicked header found Jeff Larentowicz
charging on from five yards out and he headed it into the back of the net.
"I think we had a different purpose today. We needed the win and we played
like it. We played with [a little] desperation; we played like we needed the
points," said Patrick Nyarko of his team's effort against the Crew. "It was
one of those games that you're thinking at one point, 'here we go again, it's
not going to happen again today.' But the guys persevered, and kept pushing."
The Impact played their first-ever home game against Chicago on March 17 last
year. The match, which ended as a 1-1 draw, attracted a crowd of 58,912 to
In last season's only other meeting between the teams on September 15, goals
by Sherjill MacDonald, Alex and Alvaro Fernandez led Chicago to a 3-1 win at
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