Suddenly leaking goals, Montreal Impact have "things we must fix and improve on"
MONTREAL -- After the Montreal Impact conceded three or more goals for the second straight match, Davy Arnaud best encapsulated the consequences.
“We scored six in the last two,” he told reporters after the side's 3-3 draw with Toronto FC on Wednesday, just four days after losing 4-3 to the Colorado Rapids. “That should be enough for more than just one point.”
The seven goals on the other side of the scoreboard, which came about over the course of a 90-minute span between minute 24 of both games, have undermined all the good defensive work earlier in the season. The Impact averaged just one goal against per game over their first nine games. But they have conceded 15 goals in their last seven outings.
Sure, the numbers are skewed somewhat -- seven of those goals came in the last two games -- but the Impact are not trying to sugarcoat the state of affairs.
“Obviously there are things we must fix and improve on,” assistant coach Mauro Biello told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday night. “When you allow three goals – seven in two games – you’ve got work to do. And it's not just the defenders. It’s the whole team that must defend better, and we’re aware of that. We'll keep working in order to improve.”
Like Biello, forward Marco Di Vaio refused to blame the backline.
“It’s not a defensive problem, it has to do with our attitude and concentration,” Di Vaio told RDS. “The team can’t wait until it allows one or two goals to react.”