MONTREAL — After losing 3-1 at home back in March, Orlando City SC got revenge Saturday with a thumping 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo.
Unable to create offensive opportunities, the Impact were held to a single shot on target the entire game. In his postgame press conference, head coach Remi Garde apologized to the announced 17,018 fans in attendance, saying: “I’m ashamed of what I saw today.”
“I saw everything that I hate to see on a football field and in life,” Garde said. “Selfishness, individualism and a lack of respect for the game, their teammates and the fans that came out, to which I sincerely apologize to.”
Garde said he was particularly ashamed of his team’s first half, when the Impact allowed all three goals and recorded no shots on target.
“It’s true that we didn’t start the game like we should have,” Zakaria Diallo said. “I don’t know if it was fatigue. My legs were a bit heavy, but it’s not an excuse. We can’t have another game like this. I think this is the worst first half we’ve had all season.”
The Impact have had bad losses under Garde’s tenure: a 4-1 defeat to Atlanta United last year and the now-infamous 7-1 result in Kansas City. But this loss is different to Garde than the other two.
“You can miss some things technically, but the team spirit has to be here,” Garde. “When there is no spirit inside the team, you cannot talk about tactics or physical problems. I think today we have no excuses.”
For Zachary Brault-Guillard, the match left a very bitter taste right in the middle of the Impact’s three-game home stint.
“We had the ambition of winning three games out of three, but unfortunately it didn’t go that way,” Brault-Guillard said. “We need to rethink things over because there were a lot of flaws today.”
Impact short on players
The Impact have roster issues and a quick turnaround to host the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night. Samuel Piette, Zachary Brault-Guillard, Jukka Raitala and Daniel Lovitz are all expected to leave on international duty. Bacary Sagna was injured at the 35th minute and left Stade Saputo wearing an aircast boot on his left ankle.
“If I wasn’t worried (about player departures) I’d be ignorant or new in the business,” Garde said. “But since I’m neither of these, I do have a sort of worry with me.”
Garde added the team is “waiting for administrative confirmation” regarding keeping other players from leaving for their national teams before Wednesday’s game.