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Montreal Impact still digesting worst loss in franchise history

Mar 30, 2019; Kansas City, KS, USA; Montreal Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush (1) reacts after allowing a seventh goal during the second half against Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY)

MONTREAL — According to Evan Bush, the plane ride from Kansas City to Montreal was “smooth and didn’t have too much turbulence.” But after a 7-1 loss, the worst in franchise history, it was a somber one for the Montreal Impact.

“It’s not like you’re throwing fists at each other, yelling at each other. We’re all adults so you kind of look at yourself first,” Bush said. “There was no situation where you can look at and point fingers at one person or a group of people because every single guy was bad. I think we all understood it and we moved on.” 

For Bush, the weekend in Kansas City was “a bit of a perfect storm” and a one-off for the Impact. The team was without Ignacio Piatti who was injured and Zakaria Diallo was also unavailable due to suspension. To add insult to injury, Harry Novillo did not fly with the team because of a lost passport.

“Its still kind of in between being embarrassed and upset about the result and understanding that it’s one game,” Bush said. “The fact that we’ve gotten six point out of a possible 12 on the road to start the year, I think that’s the side that we’re going to try to focus on, especially being this early in the season.”

Bush added that the team had a hard time with the preparation during the international break. 

“We had guys flying in from all over the world last week. I think training for the guys that were here, I don’t think that the quality was as good as it should’ve been,” Bush said. “Those types of things happen during international breaks. Guys take the foot off the gas a little bit and that’s on all of us to correct that. Because you don’t just lose a game on the day of the game, but also on preparation.”

Garde: Lack of consistency in road games

On his end, head coach Remi Garde is still processing through the team’s worst loss in MLS. Beyond the six-goal loss, Garde was annoyed with his team’s inconsistency when getting into a road game.

“It is true that what is enraging on the start of this season is the irregularities to start the games and to play them,” Garde said. “We’re playing yo-yo with the intensity we put into games, in the solidarity we put into game and in our level of play.”

The Frenchman also mentioned that his team isn’t done playing on the road. The Impact will end a six-game road trip next Tuesday at DC United, but will still play six of their next nine games on the road. 

“We just played four [on the road] so on that side things won’t get better so we need to be more solid mentally,” Garde stressed.

Ignacio Piatti ‘no chance’ for NYCFC game

The Impact will be once again without star player Ignacio Piatti for this Saturday’s game at Yankee Stadium. The Argentine is still recovering from an injury sustained during the Impact’s 3-1 win at Orlando City SC.

“Nacho, for now, is still at full rest. He is starting to do a little bit of biking,” said Garde. “We are on the right track, but I think that it’s a long track.”

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