Montreal coach Jesse Marsch has insisted he wanted his team to be "tough to play against," and stats show his players do want to give the opposition a hard time –
physically, anyway. But it's not translating into success for the MLS newcomer that has three losses and one tie in its first four games.
And if the Impact’s disciplinary habits four games into 2012 stay the same throughout the season, it appears they are well on course to remaining dead last on the fair play index.
So far this season, Montreal Impact players have committed a league-leading 67 fouls, or 16.75 per game. The current league average of 13. Montreal has conceded penalties in two straight games and played with 10 men after Jeb Brovsky's early red card in a 2-0 loss at Columbus two weekends ago.
"Yes, it is [a concern]," Marsch said after Saturday’s 5-2 loss at the New York Red Bulls.