And then the unthinkable happened, Cameron Porter goes down with a season ending injury and all the chemistry the offense has found his gone. Jack Mcinnerney is a good striker and full of potential, we have seen glimpses of great abilities from the young American on a couple of occasions with Philly and Montreal, but the "type" of football that he brings is diametrically opposed to what Cameron Porter brought earlier this season. The biggest difference is Porter was able to hold the ball, giving Piatti more time to observe and then dissect the defense.
Jack, is more of a finisher, poacher and well-timed run type of striker. He can be affective, with a style of play that would resemble more the Impact of early 2013. With the midfielders that Montreal has (mainly Piatti) and their skills set, the style of play of Jack does not seem to be compatible or fine tuned enough. Montreal needs goals and points in MLS before the gap becomes a wall and becomes insurmountable.
Then the whole Kenny Cooper rumors started a couple of weeks ago, with a lot of back channel talk about how he could be a tactical answer to Montreal and both clubs and the player were close to a deal. If a deal would have been made then, the Impact would ave had a huge salary cap hit, Cooper being on a big contract. But this being MLS, Cooper was bought out by Seattle, rendering his contract worthless and making him a free agent. Then I started thinking, Kenny's type of play and reputation is closer to a blue collar, hard working striker, like Porter, and he could really be of use here right now, and I guess Adam Braz, the Montreal Impact's General Manager, thought the same. He signs Kenny Cooper for a undisclosed amount, which has to be lower then his last price tag, so at the end of the day, IMFC has the player they wanted and are probably paying less then they originally thought.
Tactically, Cooper should bring a type of play that will be similar to what Porter brought earlier. He is capable of holding the ball high, capable of playing with his back to the net and capable of dangerous header off set pieces and corner.
Is Kenny Cooper the savior striker that will rescue IMFC from the abyss of the bottom of the table in the MLS, who knows, but tactically I believe it has a better chance of working then with Jack Mcinnerney.