Impact on attack vs. tired Caps
The Vancouver Whitecaps have the lead, but the Montreal Impact will have a lot on their side in the second leg of their Canadian Championship semifinal at Montreal’s Saputo Stadium Tuesday.
Not only will the Impact be at home, they will be well rested against a Whitecaps side that will play its fourth game in 11 days.
They also have an away goal in the bag after their 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the two-game, total goals series in Vancouver last week.
And the Impact, who haven’t played since then, will be free to use more of their regulars because they will have time to rest up before the New York Red Bulls visit in MLS action on Saturday.
“It is (an advantage), but in soccer it’s not something you want to dwell on or put into the bank as a guarantee,” said forward Dominic Oduro. “If you don’t start right, like we did in Vancouver, we’re going to be in trouble.
After beating Montreal, the Whitecaps lost 1-0 at home to D.C. United on Saturday.
But they will likely use a mostly different first 11, much as they did in the first leg, to try to keep the Impact off the scoresheet or add another goal or two.
“It’s a great opportunity for the other guys,” said Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson. “I’m going to obviously go with a similar squad as I did the last time. Give them the opportunity to play, which is what it’s about.
“Maybe we can score a goal. We might need to score a goal.”
Montreal can take the series with a 1-0 victory, but a trip to the final gets farther away each time the Whitecaps add a goal.