Montreal plays the perfect road game
The Impact needed a win in this one. And beyond the three points, Montreal also took care of a direct rival in the MLS Cup playoff race. Yes, there are the four goals scored on the road, but also noteworthy was the Bleu-blanc-noir’s defensive rigour, which only allowed the Union to take three shots on Evan Bush’s net: the goal on the corner and two more from outside the box.
Certain supporters also made the argument that in the beginning of the season, the Impact would have been unable to come back after conceding that early goal. There is indeed a sense of unity, of solidarity, and a fighting spirit that is present within this group. We’re definitely under the impression that this team is getting better and that instead of looking back in the standings, the Bleu-blanc-noir is looking up, towards the Philadelphia Union in fifth, and even the Columbus Crew, in fourth. Here are your advanced stats:
Nacho Piatti: 4 shots, 1 on target, 2 assists, 24 successful passes, including 10 in the final third, for a 92% success rate, 3 chances created, 2 dribbles completed, 2 duels won, 4 interceptions, 8 recoveries, 45 touches.
With 11 assists this season, Nacho Piatti has now beaten a club record in MLS for most assists.
Duels won by the Impact: 36 duels won on 64 for a 56.3% success rate. Top 3 for the Impact: Samuel Piette with 7 duels won, Micheal Azira with 6 duels won, Daniel Lovitz with 5 duels won.
Alejandro Silva: 2 goals, 2 shots, 35 successful passes, including 11 in the final third, for a 74% success rate, 3 chances created, 1 successful cross, 3 duels won, 2 tackles won, 1 clearance, 9 recoveries, 60 touches.
Alejandro Silva this season: 22 starts, 26 games played, 1,924 minutes, 4 goals, 10 assists, 43 shots, 40 dribbles completed, 43 chances created, 14 successful crosses, 78% of passes completed, 68% of passes completed in the final third.