The Impact have started off the season well with two straight wins over the Vancouver Whitecaps and the New York Red Bulls. Today we welcome in John Richan from Mount Royal Soccer to get a preview of the Impact for this weekend's game.
BDS: Montreal was one of the few teams that didn't have a ton of turnover in the offseason, has the lack of change been good for this team? And how important was not making another coaching change to this club?
MRS: The lack of change has been a very positive thing for the Impact. One area this is evident is at the back where the Impact have the same starting back four they had during their hot run at the end of 2015. The combination of Laurent Ciman and Victor Cabrera have the potential to be one of the best central back pairings in the league. As big as keeping the majority of player personnel the same as last season, keeping the head coach Mauro Biello was huge. Biello has been around the club for a long time and has had an opportunity to see what has worked and what has not over the years (both as a player and coach).
BDS: Who has impressed you the most so far this season?
MRS: The easy answer here would be Ignacio Piatti. I think Montreal fans have seen glimpses of what the Argentine can do over the last season and a half, but he has taken it to another level so far in 2016. Piatti seems at ease in Montreal so far this season and really confident in his role with the club. The less obvious answer to this question is Eric Alexander. Alexander was really the forgotten man in the midfield last season under Frank Klopas, however he has played a big part in the early season success.
BDS: What should fans expect realistically from Didier Drogba this weekend?
MRS: I think we can expect 45-50 minutes out of Drogba this weekend. It is difficult to say if it will be at the start of the match or in the second half, but there is little doubt he will see some action. Even if Drogba does not score this weekend, his presence is always felt on the field when he plays.
Lineup Prediction: Bush, Oyongo, Ciman, Cabrera, Toia, Alexander, Mallace, Shipp, Piatti, Ontivero, Oduro (Drogba on in the second half)