Montreal Impact slid down the table even further after a second consecutive league defeat this weekend. The team was once again without star forward Didier Drogba.
Their over reliance on the former Chelsea striker was clear to see, as they struggled to make much of an impact in the final third without the big forward. Drogba has been a major factor in the club’s rise up the league table. Even though he has not had much minutes on the pitch, his mere presence has helped motivate the rest of the team. Drogba was expected to miss the opening few matches of the season since the club did not want to risk the player on the artificial pitches.
The club confirmed that the striker would not feature in games where he has to play on the artificial turf. Against a poor Seattle Sounders, who have been going through a poor patch of form, the club was expected to return to winning ways following their loss in the previous game. The team had lost 2-0 to Western Conference leaders FC Dallas. Impact now suffered a loss against the bottom club from the Western Conference. Seattle lost their opening three matches in succession but they have now been able to get off the mark with this win.
“I thought for the most part defensively we did well. In possession we were good. We were missing a little bit that final pass. Maybe I would have liked [to see a better] final pass a little bit more. But overall, there were some good things from my team. He [Drogba] brings a different dynamic to this club. With Didier up top, holding up balls for us, it makes a big difference for sure with the way we want to play and the attention he’s going to pull when he plays,” said coach Mauro Biello.