Impact preparing for final game at Olympic Stadium
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:10AM EDT
MONTREAL - With the Canadian championship over and the Beckham express gone, the Montreal Impact can now focus their energy on the MLS schedule.
Midfielder Calum Mallace said the season is at the point where every game matters.
"We are going to focus on the next game like we always do and try and get three points there," said Mallace.
This past Saturday the Impact fell apart in the second half, a breakdown that can be attributed in part to fatigue. So having four games in the next four weeks, and the majority of their next six games at home can only help the club.
"We're excited to have a little bit of a break, but also to be home because we played a good stretch on the road to start the season," said Captain Davy Arnaud. "We're in a good position."
The Impact will also be trying out some fresh legs.
Cameroon Defender Timothee Atouba is on trial for the week. He's played with several top European clubs including Hamburg.
Coach Jesse Marsch thinks Atouba could be a good fit for the team.
"He came up as a potential guy that would be willing to train with us and get a good look at. With his pedigree and where's he's been, we thought it would be a good opportunity," said Marsch.
The next game for the Impact is Saturday night, when they play host to the New York Red Bulls at the Olympic Stadium.
It will be the final game before moving into newly renovated Saputo Stadium.