In the absence of Argentine midfielder Ignacio “Nacho” Piatti, returned home because of the fragile health of his father, the Impact took goals from Didier Drogba and Andrés Romero to defeat the Chicago Fire 2 -1, Wednesday, and take a step closer to the playoffs.
After the meeting, the Impact players came together in a circle on the ground and sent positive waves Piatti and his family.
“We heard last night (Tuesday) the father of” Nacho “and he wanted to leave to be with his father, told head coach Acting Impact, Mauro Biello. We are a family and we wanted to offer this game “Nacho”. He’s a good guy and these are things that happen in life. If one is strong for him, he can be strong for her father. ”
The Fire (7-17-6) had arrived in Montreal after making a large household. Head coach Frank Yallop and his deputies were fired Sunday and it was the technical director Brian Bliss who was responsible on the bench Wednesday at Saputo Stadium.
However, the Impact (11-11-6) has been more opportunistic, and remained unbeaten in five starts (3-0-2) since Biello Frank Klopas replaced as head coach. The Impact now has four points ahead of Orlando City SC in sixth and last place giving access to the series in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand on Orlando.
“They made a coaching change and sometimes it brings new energy, new motivation, noted Biello speaking of the situation in the Fire. We were able to score the first goal but we made mistakes in the future that cost us dearly. However, it was demonstrated at the end of the character taking the hit and scoring the second goal. I have to say well done to the team. ”
Drogba scored his fifth goal in as many games in the 39th minute when he took advantage of a center of Nigel Reo-Coker to score head. The Fire contested order, perhaps rightly, as Drogba had discarded in a rather robust defender Jeff Larentowicz before receiving Reo-Coker center. The referee, however, has not changed his mind.
David Accam replied in the 50th minute when Impact defender Victor Cabrera poorly synchronized his jump to clear a long ball. This error allowed Gilberto uncheck two strikes, the first being slowed down by the goalkeeper Evan Bush and the second being deflected against the post by defender Donny Toia. CAMIC however enjoyed the post, the rebound to send the ball over the goal line.
Romero has ruled in the 76th minute, four minutes after entering the game. Patrice Bernier, who entered in the 62nd minute, has caused a turnaround before launching Romero alone in front of goalkeeper Jon Busch. Romero has not bungled his chance, even if just for Busch had advanced to cut corners.
It was Romero for a first goal since June 6 and he celebrated by throwing his jersey into the air, a gesture that cost him a game suspension due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
“He spent a difficult period, but we believe in him, said Biello. He has qualities that can help the team. The best way to get out of a bad period, by scoring a winning goal. ”
For his part, Bernier attended a first meeting since August 5. He celebrated his 36th birthday Wednesday of birth and 17,832 spectators sang happy birthday to him earlier in the game, something he enjoyed.
“To get the three points and harvest help, I could not ask for better, Bernier said. I would also like to thank the supporters. To be singing happy birthday like that, it is heartwarming. I can go home and sleep well. ”
Saturday, the Impact will complete a sequence of three home games in eight days, when it will host DC United. Like Romero, general defensive Laurent Ciman will be suspended, since it was expelled late in the game after picking up a second yellow card.