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New drills and team run outside aimed to refresh players

After a tough loss on Saturday night, the Impact returned to training this week and the coaching staff had a few surprises for the boys as they made their way outside into the chilly temperatures of the Montreal morning for an early run.

“The coaching staff likes to use a lot of diverse training methods to keep things fresh,” said Impact defender Hassoun Camara. “Like today, we went for a run outside. It’s good to cut the routine, especially after a disappointing loss.”

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Also on tap was a drill involving four goals, where scoring came in droves; aimed to lighten the spirit and help the transition game.

“It’s nice to change things up sometimes,” said midfielder Felipe. “With the weekend off, we can clear our minds, get refreshed and come back strong for our next match.”

Playing a team where transition and possession and having to deal with the frigid temperatures of Montreal in April are two things the Impact look to address over the next 10 days as the club will host the Columbus Crew on Saturday, April 13 at 2pm (ET).

The matchup will serve as the team’s second home opener, playing its first match at Stade Saputo, and consequently its first game outdoors in Montreal, after two contests at Olympic Stadium.

“With two weeks off, we have to be well-prepared for our next game,” added assistant coach Mauro Biello. “It’s nice to break some of that routine and bring in some fresh ideas, especially when you have a lot of practice time between matches.”

However, the chills should not last that long as the team will be playing at its own stadium - its true home field - on grass and in a loud venue thanks to the raucous backing from its supporters.