Impact can’t take slumping Union lightly in quest for first away victory


MONTREAL — The message to the Montreal Impact from coach Mauro Biello this week was about overconfidence.

Just because they are coming off their first win of the Major League Soccer season and have the foundering Philadelphia Union next up on the schedule, that doesn’t mean an automatic three points.

“That was number one on the agenda,” said Biello, whose club visits the Union on Saturday afternoon. “We need to go with an urgency and a playoff mentality.”

It’s not as if the 10th-place Impact (1-2-3) are leagues ahead of the 11th-place Union (0-4-2), even if their spirits are up after a 2-1 victory at home over 10-man Atlanta.

But they are facing a team that hasn’t won in 14 games since a 2-0 win over Kansas City on Aug. 27, an 0-10-4 run that includes a loss to Toronto FC in a playoff knockout game in October.

There were reports of booing as they left the field after a 2-0 loss last Saturday to New York City, a fourth defeat in a row. The Union has been outscored 11-5 by opponents this season.

Beleaguered coach Jim Curtain has been juggling his starting 11 in hope of finding a winning combination, so far to no avail.

Biello sees a dangerous opponent rather than a sitting duck, however.

“The game I’ve seen, I think they were a bit unlucky,” he said. “If you watched the first 10 minutes (against NYC), if they were a little sharper they could have taken the lead.

“One thing I’ve learned is that there’s so much parity in the league, every game …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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