MLS Eastern Conference Preview, Predictions

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Montreal Impact

Last year’s results: 6-18-10, missed the playoffs

Head coach: Frank Klopas, in charge for his second season

Big offseason additions: Laurent Ciman, from Standard Liege, and Marco Donadel, from Napoli

For the first time in their MLS history, the Impact will start the season with the same coach they had the year before. This despite the fact that Montreal had their worst season yet, finishing last in the league. As you might expect, the Impact have made a lot of other changes since last October.

Former Chicago Fire defender Bakary Soumare and Belgian international Laurent Ciman were brought in to secure a shaky back line. They’ll be the starting center backs, and should bring a significant improvement to the defense. In front of them, the Impact have added Serie A veteran Marco Donadel, and Nigel Reo Coker, who last played for Chivas USA.

Remember when Jack McInerney was the next big thing? The hype train has slowed somewhat (as has his scoring), but he’s still just 22 years old and has 20 goals over the last two seasons. With Marco di Vaio retired, it’ll be on McInerney and the speedy Dominic Oduro to find the net  for Montreal. Service from Justin Mapp, Andres Romero, and a now-healthy Ignacio Piatti should help in that cause. They can’t do much worse than last year, when the Impact managed just 38 goals.

Glass half full: There’s nowhere to go but up for the Impact. The worst team of 2013 posted the East’s best record in 2014, so anything is possible. A realistic hope is that strong new additions at the back will be accompanied by improved play up front, and the Impact find their way into the playoffs.

Glass half empty: The Impact struggled to score last year, and they lost their leading scorer. That seems like a bad recipe, no? Even with expanded playoffs and offseason overhaul, the Impact don’t have the quality needed to reach the playoffs.

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  • Anonymous

    Six teams make the Eastern Conference playoffs this year. As ridiculous as that may sound, even worse is that NYRB will not be one of them. NYCFC has a better chance.

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