“For a reason or another, we are having a tough time since
the past couple of weeks,” said goalkeeper Evan Bush, who turned away five shots to help keep his team in the game. “We slipped up and it kind of snowballed from there. We missed
another good opportunity tonight to climb in the standings.”
Earlier in the season, the addition of Swiss international Blerim Dzemaili had eased the team’s dependence on Ignacio Piatti, but neither has been consistently productive during the team’s recent skid. Dzemaili has scored seven goals and 10 assists in his 20 appearances but he has just one goal and two assists in the last seven games.
Piatti (17 goals, 6 assists) notched two of each in the big win over TFC but otherwise has produced only one goal in the other six matches. Setting aside the TFC game, Montreal has been outscored, 11-3.
The loss leaves Montreal four points behind the sixth-place Red Bulls, which have four more games to play. Montreal has only three, starting this weekend at Colorado, which by losing to FC Dallas, 2-0, Wednesday has been eliminated from postseason contention.
The Impact had hoped to build on its upset of the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals last year; instead the future of the team and its head coach looks very murky.
“Tonight was not good enough in all aspects of the game, especially as we are in the playoff race,” said head coach Mauro Biello. “We cannot accept that kind of performance in front of our supporters. We now play on Saturday in Colorado, we have to work hard to get the win.”