The Impact is playing its third game in seven days on Saturday, facing Inter Miami CF for the very first time at Red Bull Arena.
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While the Bleu-blanc-noir will try to put an end to a two-game losing streak, Miami will try to extend its streak without a loss to four.
Without saying that these are two teams going in opposite directions, let’s say they have had slightly different tangents for a week.
After the game, the players will come to Montreal to recharge their batteries for a few days before facing New York City FC at Yankee Stadium next Saturday.
Thierry Henry has repeated it several times in recent weeks, the accumulation of injuries complicates his life.
Tonight, the third worst defense in the league will have to cope without Rod Fanni (injured), Jukka Raitala (in selection), Luis Binks (suspended) and possibly Zachary Brault-Guillard who missed the last meeting due to an injury .
That leaves only Rudy Camacho and Jorge Corrales, both very messy, as well as Clément Bayiha, Joel Waterman and Karifa Yao, who do not have many minutes in their legs.
At least it looks like Bojan might be able to return to action, as he missed the last game with an injury the nature of which has not been disclosed.
Moreover, this wave of injuries combined with the current context of the team makes everyone a little gloomy.
“For us, it’s been a difficult period since we’ve been here,” Samuel Piette agreed. We went to war a bit by leaving our families to go to work and put bread on the table.
“There are a lot of little problems happening on the left and on the right and I have the impression that the sky is falling on our heads. “
Even if he is naturally positive, we feel that the situation weighs heavily on Piette.
“It’s hard to keep going from day to day and see that there is only bad news. I have a one-and-a-half-month-old baby at home that I hardly saw. “
Not at home
A sign that the Impact does not feel in its slippers, the Bleu-blanc-noir has still not won “at home” as Thierry Henry mentioned on Friday when referring to the Red Bull Arena.
“There is nothing like Stade Saputo here,” said Samuel Piette.
“To be honest, it’s pretty hard to feel at home here,” Piette continued. The only thing is, you don’t have to travel that morning to go face an opponent in another city. Other than that, there is nothing that is like home.
“I won’t lie, we can’t wait and we are motivated for this game because we know that then we come home for a few days. “
Moreover, it is quite possible that the rest of the Champions League will be played in December after the MLS final, which will be played on December 12.
Even if there is nothing official, this is not a prospect that particularly thrills the Impact players, who are still waiting to play their quarter-final second leg against CD Olimpia of Honduras.
“It’s not all the rage within the group, admitted Samuel Piette. That brings us to the third week of December, and we know that these games will not be played in Montreal.
“It means we should do quarantine, it also means spending Christmas without seeing anyone. “
The opponent in 5 points
While Nashville is having an interesting first year, Mami’s initial season is more complicated, but the tide is turning as David Beckham’s club haven’t lost in their last three games (2-0-1).
The Higuain effect
The arrival of Gonzalo Higuain is perhaps not unrelated to the recent awakening of the club. In five games in a pink jersey, the Argentine star has amassed a goal and an assist, and above all served as a stimulus for his team in addition to adding a new dimension to the set pieces.
Morgan, a surprise
Lewis Morgan, a 23-year-old Scottish winger, is a relative surprise to the South Florida team as he is currently the leading scorer with 5 goals and 6 assists in 18 games. Morgan previously wore the colors of Celtic and Sunderland.
Much of the reason for Miami’s troubles was an anemic attack that produced just 18 goals in as many games, the fourth lowest in MLS. We are still far from the ten small goals of Cincinnati.
Designated player Rodolfo Pizarro has missed the last three games for the team, which is also without its titular goalkeeper, Luis Robles. He suffered a broken arm earlier this month. Pizzaro had scored four goals in six games before getting injured.