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  1. Every Friday, I will give my keys to victory for the Montreal Impact, in 3 points! Point 1 Backline Discipline The Montreal Impact defense have already racked up 4 yellow cards in the first 2 games, particularly early in the first halves ( Camara, Duvall and Ciman). On top of exposing your team to the risk of having a player sent off, those early yellows affect the way the player on notice approaches his tackle opportunities. On a very small pitch like the one at Yankees Stadium, the fraction of a second loss to hesitation from the defender on notice can prove quite costly and before you know it, you find yourself defending David Villa in the box . You add the Laurent Ciman 76' foul in the box against Seattle and you have a situation where after 2 games, 3 precious points were lost due to the lack of discipline by the Montreal Impact defense. For a positive result this Saturday in the Big Apple, patience and discipline are the directives for Montreal's backline. Point 2 Possession and Transition in the Midfield Last week, the midfield executed very well the game plan of having the ball and transitioning it successfully higher up the pitch, creating breakthroughs in Seattle's defense. The passing accuracy of the three defensive midfielders (Bernier 84.6% Donadel 91.1% Bernardello 93.6%) was quite impressive and quite an improvement from week 1. This is even more important in an environment like Yankees Stadium, where the edge of the box and the midfield line are not that far apart. If the defensive midfield trio of Montreal is able to replicate the passing accuracy performances of last week you will see a Montreal ball possession transition more efficiently from midfield to the last third of the field, thus creating more theoretical goal scoring chances for Piatti, Mancosu and Co. Point 3 Beware of Villa-Moralez-Wallace If it's not one of them, it's all three. The prolific trio that led to four goals versus DC United last week, is the main goal scoring threat for NYCFC. If you can eliminate the threat on New York's left side of the attack by suffocating the service to it, you give yourself a better path to victory. Which brings us again to the battle in the midfield. If Montreal is able to stop NYCFC's transition at the Mattarita and Pirlo level, they might have a shot at suffocating the service to their favored offensive threat. Easier said then done. You can follow Kevin Laramee on Twitter @KevLaramee Off the Woodworkx, a podcast about the Montreal Impact available on ITunes
  2. Every Friday, I will give my keys to victory for the Montreal Impact, in 3 points! Point 1 Backline Discipline The Montreal Impact defense have already racked up 4 yellow cards in the first 2 games, particularly early in the first halves ( Camara, Duvall and Ciman). On top of exposing your team to the risk of having a player sent off, those early yellows affect the way the player on notice approaches his tackle opportunities. On a very small pitch like the one at Yankees Stadium, the fraction of a second loss to hesitation from the defender on notice can prove quite costly and before you know it, you find yourself defending David Villa in the box . You add the Laurent Ciman 76' foul in the box against Seattle and you have a situation where after 2 games, 3 precious points were lost due to the lack of discipline by the Montreal Impact defense. For a positive result this Saturday in the Big Apple, patience and discipline are the directives for Montreal's backline. Point 2 Possession and Transition in the Midfield Last week, the midfield executed very well the game plan of having the ball and transitioning it successfully higher up the pitch, creating breakthroughs in Seattle's defense. The passing accuracy of the three defensive midfielders (Bernier 84.6% Donadel 91.1% Bernardello 93.6%) was quite impressive and quite an improvement from week 1. This is even more important in an environment like Yankees Stadium, where the edge of the box and the midfield line are not that far apart. If the defensive midfield trio of Montreal is able to replicate the passing accuracy performances of last week you will see a Montreal ball possession transition more efficiently from midfield to the last third of the field, thus creating more theoretical goal scoring chances for Piatti, Mancosu and Co. Point 3 Beware of Villa-Moralez-Wallace If it's not one of them, it's all three. The prolific trio that led to four goals versus DC United last week, is the main goal scoring threat for NYCFC. If you can eliminate the threat on New York's left side of the attack by suffocating the service to it, you give yourself a better path to victory. Which brings us again to the battle in the midfield. If Montreal is able to stop NYCFC's transition at the Mattarita and Pirlo level, they might have a shot at suffocating the service to their favored offensive threat. Easier said then done. You can follow Kevin Laramee on Twitter @KevLaramee Off the Woodworkx, a podcast about the Montreal Impact available on ITunes View full record
  3. Good day, good night and welcome back to Off the Woodworkx!Guest Today: Tristan D'Amours@tristandamours of SoccerByIvesPost-Game comments of Mauro Biello, Evan Bush and Patrice Bernier of the Montreal ImpactUntil next time, have a great soccer! Twitter: @offthewoodworkx @KevLaramee @SportsPodNetFacebook: facebook.com/offthewoodworkxItunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/off-woodworkx-sports-podcasting/id1067439813?mt=2SPN: http://sportspodcastingnetwork.com
  4. Good day, good night and welcome back to Off the Woodworkx!Guest Today: Tristan D'Amours@tristandamours of SoccerByIvesPost-Game comments of Mauro Biello, Evan Bush and Patrice Bernier of the Montreal ImpactUntil next time, have a great soccer! Twitter: @offthewoodworkx @KevLaramee @SportsPodNetFacebook: facebook.com/offthewoodworkxItunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/off-woodworkx-sports-podcasting/id1067439813?mt=2SPN: http://sportspodcastingnetwork.com View full record
  5. Close, but no cigar. We saw a better performance by the Montreal Impact tonight, especially in the midfield, but an old foe has come back to sink the Home-Opener's ship; extra time. With already over 3 minutes played after the first 90, the Seattle Sounders and their new veteran acquisition, Will Bruin made Montreal pay for their lack of killer instinct earlier in the game. It all started beautifully though for the Bleu-Blanc-Noir, better possession and passing accuracy in the midfield, early looks on goal, great use of the flanks by Oyongo, Piatti and Oduro. Montreal even took a two goal lead, but it proved insufficient for the 1642ers. A beautiful through ball to Mancosu by Piatti, setup perfectly by the captain Patrice Bernier to open up the 2017 goal tally and a great finish by Piatti for the second. What was really impressive on Piatti's goal was his dismantling of Torres' coverage. Being caught ball watching and not focusing on Piatti's hips, Torres was left flat footed and couldn't cover Piatti's strong foot; 2-nil the Impact. But, has it has been the case far too often over the last few years, the defense could not hold on. A questionable penalty call on a Ciman tackle and a moment of panic in the box late in extra time were enough for the Sounders to leave Montreal in a hurry with a stolen point. Like Mauro Biello mentioned in his post-game press conference, there were several questionable decisions on both sides by the referee Jair Marrufo. Early yellow cards, misplaced free kicks, questionable no-calls and a controversial tying goal scored after the initial 3 minutes of extra time are all issues that should be looked at carefully by PRO (Professional Referee Organization) and its general manager, Peter Walton. On the positive side for Montreal, big improvements were made when we compare to last week's performance in Northern California. The passing accuracy went from a mediocre below 70% last week, to a very respectable 79.3% tonight and especially accurate in the defensive midfield (Bernier 84.6% Donadel 91.1% Bernardello 93.6%) . The confusion in the midfield has been addressed, Bernier-Bernardello-Donadel knew exactly where to be and how to execute the game plan this time around. The captain had a great home opener, 2 assists and a multitude of chances created by using the flank players to move up on the pitch. Oyongo and Oduro were instrumental in Montreal's attack, being able to use the space left open in front of them to generate space and time for Piatti to be effective offensively. According to Evan Bush, the fitness aspect of the game, especially late in the game was the difference between a win and a draw. On top of the fitness, the substitution of Patrice Bernier for a debuting Adrian Arregui at the 59 minute mark spelled the end of domination for Montreal and especially the end of ball possession on the night. Coincidence? I think not. Overall, 2 goal scored, a good performance by the core and star players and a more stable and reliable midfield are good improvements from game 1. Some doubts concerning the backline still remains, unfortunately, and more discipline is needed by the Montreal defense if they want to have success in 2017. Until next time, have a great soccer! You can follow Kevin Laramee on Twitter @KevLaramee You can listen to all of Kevin's thoughts on the game, player interviews and coaches post-game comments on the latest Off the Woodworkx every Sunday morning!
  6. Close, but no cigar. We saw a better performance by the Montreal Impact tonight, especially in the midfield, but an old foe has come back to sink the Home-Opener's ship; extra time. With already over 3 minutes played after the first 90, the Seattle Sounders and their new veteran acquisition, Will Bruin made Montreal pay for their lack of killer instinct earlier in the game. It all started beautifully though for the Bleu-Blanc-Noir, better possession and passing accuracy in the midfield, early looks on goal, great use of the flanks by Oyongo, Piatti and Oduro. Montreal even took a two goal lead, but it proved insufficient for the 1642ers. A beautiful through ball to Mancosu by Piatti, setup perfectly by the captain Patrice Bernier to open up the 2017 goal tally and a great finish by Piatti for the second. What was really impressive on Piatti's goal was his dismantling of Torres' coverage. Being caught ball watching and not focusing on Piatti's hips, Torres was left flat footed and couldn't cover Piatti's strong foot; 2-nil the Impact. But, has it has been the case far too often over the last few years, the defense could not hold on. A questionable penalty call on a Ciman tackle and a moment of panic in the box late in extra time were enough for the Sounders to leave Montreal in a hurry with a stolen point. Like Mauro Biello mentioned in his post-game press conference, there were several questionable decisions on both sides by the referee Jair Marrufo. Early yellow cards, misplaced free kicks, questionable no-calls and a controversial tying goal scored after the initial 3 minutes of extra time are all issues that should be looked at carefully by PRO (Professional Referee Organization) and its general manager, Peter Walton. On the positive side for Montreal, big improvements were made when we compare to last week's performance in Northern California. The passing accuracy went from a mediocre below 70% last week, to a very respectable 79.3% tonight and especially accurate in the defensive midfield (Bernier 84.6% Donadel 91.1% Bernardello 93.6%) . The confusion in the midfield has been addressed, Bernier-Bernardello-Donadel knew exactly where to be and how to execute the game plan this time around. The captain had a great home opener, 2 assists and a multitude of chances created by using the flank players to move up on the pitch. Oyongo and Oduro were instrumental in Montreal's attack, being able to use the space left open in front of them to generate space and time for Piatti to be effective offensively. According to Evan Bush, the fitness aspect of the game, especially late in the game was the difference between a win and a draw. On top of the fitness, the substitution of Patrice Bernier for a debuting Adrian Arregui at the 59 minute mark spelled the end of domination for Montreal and especially the end of ball possession on the night. Coincidence? I think not. Overall, 2 goal scored, a good performance by the core and star players and a more stable and reliable midfield are good improvements from game 1. Some doubts concerning the backline still remains, unfortunately, and more discipline is needed by the Montreal defense if they want to have success in 2017. Until next time, have a great soccer! You can follow Kevin Laramee on Twitter @KevLaramee You can listen to all of Kevin's thoughts on the game, player interviews and coaches post-game comments on the latest Off the Woodworkx every Sunday morning! View full record
  7. Every Friday, I will give my keys to victory for the Montreal Impact, in 3 points! Point 1 The Cohesion in the Midfield Montreal had all sorts of trouble in the midfield last week. Congestion, led to confusion that led to loss of possession, this really was noticeable when Montreal was trying to transition the ball forward. Smaller, higher pourcentages passes are key for the Impact to generate quality opportunity to feed their best attacking options, Piatti and Mancosu, which were left on an island last week. Point 2 Oyongo and Piatti The combination of Ambroise Oyongo and Nacho Piatti on the left side of the field for the Bleu-Blanc-Noir can be deadly. When Oyongo is able to use the space in front of him with the ball at his feet, he creates time and space for Piatti to be an offensive threat or even a goal scoring chance for himself. This is imperative for Montreal to get by the defending MLS Cup Champions. Point 3 Beware of Clint Dempsey Clint is back, healthy and HUNGRY! Even though they lost their season opener, Clint has found the back of the net already this season and in his favorite fashion, poacher style. For the Montreal Impact to emerge victorious Saturday night at the Stade Olympique, they will have to be mindful of Dempsey's presence close to goal AT ALL TIMES AND FOR 90 MINUTES! You can follow Kevin Laramee on twitter @KevLaramee Off the Woodworkx, a podcast about the Montreal Impact available here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/off-woodworkx-sports-podcasting/id1067439813?mt=2
  8. Every Friday, I will give my keys to victory for the Montreal Impact, in 3 points! Point 1 The Cohesion in the Midfield Montreal had all sorts of trouble in the midfield last week. Congestion, led to confusion that led to loss of possession, this really was noticeable when Montreal was trying to transition the ball forward. Smaller, higher pourcentages passes are key for the Impact to generate quality opportunity to feed their best attacking options, Piatti and Mancosu, which were left on an island last week. Point 2 Oyongo and Piatti The combination of Ambroise Oyongo and Nacho Piatti on the left side of the field for the Bleu-Blanc-Noir can be deadly. When Oyongo is able to use the space in front of him with the ball at his feet, he creates time and space for Piatti to be an offensive threat or even a goal scoring chance for himself. This is imperative for Montreal to get by the defending MLS Cup Champions. Point 3 Beware of Clint Dempsey Clint is back, healthy and HUNGRY! Even though they lost their season opener, Clint has found the back of the net already this season and in his favorite fashion, poacher style. For the Montreal Impact to emerge victorious Saturday night at the Stade Olympique, they will have to be mindful of Dempsey's presence close to goal AT ALL TIMES AND FOR 90 MINUTES! You can follow Kevin Laramee on twitter @KevLaramee Off the Woodworkx, a podcast about the Montreal Impact available here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/off-woodworkx-sports-podcasting/id1067439813?mt=2 View full record
  9. Until next time have a great soccer! @OfftheWoodworkx @KevLaramee https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/off-woodworkx-soccer-podcast/id644040569?mt=2 http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/off-the-woodworkx http://feeds.feedburner.com/rapidfeeds/iekP http://facebook.com/offthewoodworkx http://canadiansoccernews.com OTW Studios http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/otw-studios/id1018126433 http://feeds.feedburner.com/otwstudios Support Kevin and OTW Studios http://patreon.com/kevinlaramee
  10. Until next time, have a great soccer! @TwoSolitudesPod @24thminute @KevLaramee http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/two-solitudes-soccer-podcast/id833616975?mt=2 http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-two-solitudes-mls-podcast http://feeds.feedburner.com/twosolitudespod OTW Studios http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/otw-studios/id1018126433 http://feeds.feedburner.com/otwstudios http://canadiansoccernews.com http://kevinlaramee.com Support OTW Studios hhtp://patreon.com/kevinlaramee
  11. Until next time have a great soccer! @OfftheWoodworkx @KevLaramee https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/off-woodworkx-soccer-podcast/id644040569?mt=2 http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/off-the-woodworkx http://feeds.feedburner.com/rapidfeeds/iekP http://facebook.com/offthewoodworkx http://canadiansoccernews.com OTW Studios http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/otw-studios/id1018126433 http://feeds.feedburner.com/otwstudios Support Kevin and OTW Studios http://patreon.com/kevinlaramee
  12. @24thminute @KevLaramee http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/otw-studios/id1018126433 http://feeds.feedburner.com/otwstudios http://canadiansoccernews.com http://kevinlaramee.com
  13. Not only did Montreal packed the Stade Olympique like it was 1994, the Impact, the supporters and the fans created a moment that will forever be associated with this city and this club with the great mosaic, definitely an accomplishment knowing the logistics, implication and shear luck involved in pulling off a stunt of this scale. On top of how the club and the city treated the final itself, management did everything in its power to put all the chances on their side with massive investments on training, team travels and altitude acclimatization, especially with the 17 days stay in Pachuca before the first leg of the quarter finals at Estadio Hidalgo. All that added up, it shows just how seriously the Montréal Impact approached that tournament and it paid off in the end. This year was the biggest year in the tournament's history and the buzz surrounding the CCL was not felt just in Montréal but in Mexico City as well. Club America , the 2014-15 Scotiabank's Concacaf Champions League winners were really invested in this year's continental cup. The biggest club in Concacaf did not just field a team worthy of almost any team in the world, but they invested as well on travels and accommodations, traveling with a contingent of staff that ranged from chef to handlers, that would not only pamper, but keep an eye on the young players to make sure that no one enjoyed the famous Montréal Night Life more then they should! For club President Ricardo Pelaez, winning this tournament is considered one of the greatest achievements a club can do in Concacaf and he views the FIFA Club World Cup as a true opportunity for his club to establish their brand on a global level. With the two club and cities that wanted this cup the most in the final and two venues that hosted many historical events in the pass involved, the 2014-15 Scotiabank's Concacaf Champions League Final was the most attended finals in its history, with a combined number of 117,787 ! Here is the Concacaf Press Release: Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League 2014/15 Wraps up Season with New Champion and New Records Club America Lifts Trophy amidst New Attendance Records and High TV Ratings; Two-Leg Final Attendance a Historic 117,787 Montreal, Canada (Wednesday, April 29, 2015) - The Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) crowned tonight Club America from Mexico as the new champion of its premier regional competition, the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, and announced the highlights of the 2014/15 tournament, including new attendance records for both the group and championship stages. “The Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League continues its growth at an exponential rate thanks to the increasing support of our fans, our teams, our leagues and our commercial and TV partners,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “We would like to thank all of them for their passion and commitment to the game and to our premier competition.” The 2014/15 edition of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League – with Club America defeating Impact de Montreal, 5-3 on aggregate in the final -- was highlighted by record-breaking attendances in both the group and the championship stages. The championship rounds saw total attendance increase to 393,216 fans attending 14 matches, averaging more than 28,000 per game. Impact de Montreal established this evening its own Canadian attendance record with a sellout crowd at Olympic Stadium of 61,004 fans. The first leg of the Finals at Azteca Stadium was attended by 56,783 fans, summing to a total of 117,787 for the two-leg final. In group play, attendance also demonstrated a similar spike of more than 50% compared to the 2013/14 edition, establishing a new tournament high at 369,006 total attendees. The single game attendance record was broken as well, with Club America establishing a new one-game mark when 66,208 fans turned out for the club’s semifinal match at Azteca Stadium against Costa Rican side Herediano. Television ratings have also been on the rise this season. The first leg of the Finals in Mexico averaged 1,763,000 viewers across three networks in the United States: UniMas, UDN and Fox Sports 2. On the pitch, average goals per game increased to 3.48. Other remarkable statistics from this historic tournament included: 582- The total number of accredited media members representing 12 nations who attended the two legs of the 2014/15 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Finals, 48- The amount of hours it took for Montreal to sell 45,000 tickets to this evening’s championship match at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. With its triumph in the Finals, Club America has now earned the right to represent CONCACAF at the FIFA World Club, to be played this December in Japan. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So not only did the championship match lived up to the hype off the pitch with record crowds and records ratings, on the pitch both team delivered a performance that will go down in history as one of the best CONCACAF game of all time. The classic David versus Goliath story with David striking first and then facing the wrath of that now angry and hungry giant, gaining respect and admiration in the process and making a worldwide fan base. The Club America of the second half, is for me the best team I have ever seen play soccer live. The way they were dissecting the fullbacks and creating pressure and panic out of nothing plays was truly beautiful to see, painful but still beautiful. Montréal were able for 135 minutes to corner the beast, but a cornered beast always comes out fearless, with nothing to lose and is the most dangerous of them all. At the end of the day, the best team won, they were able to face adversity, overcome a deficit and win on the road, of course there were some questionable calls either way, with dodgy gamesmanship and hard non sanctioned fouls, but it is part of it. The venues, the crowds, the record attendances, the games, the goals ( that scissor kick goal!) , the press ( media from all over the world were present at the game Wednesday night) made the the 2014-15 Scotiabank Conacacaf Champions League a success. The Montréal Impact and Club America made the 2014-15 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League/Cup Final the best of all time! Off the Woodworkx #95 CCL Final Post Game with Frank Klopas, Nigel Reo-Coker and Jason Devos https://archive.org/download/OffTheWoodworkx95CclFinalPostGameWithFrankKlopasNigelReo-coker/OffTheWoodworkx95CclFinalPostGameWithFrankKlopasNigelReo-cokerJasonDevosAndDuaneRollins.mp3
  14. Pour ce préparer pour Le Classique du Stade Olympique, à l'émission aujourd'hui,, les commentaires d'avant match de Baky Soumaré, un petit résumé des propos de Frank Klopas et nos prédictions ainsi que celles de Vincent Destouches de TVA Sports sur l'issue de ce match historique! Jusqu'a demain pour une émission d'après match avec les commentaires des entraineur et des joueurs, Bon Soccer! @OfftheWoodworkx @KevLaramee https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/off-woodworkx-soccer-podcast/id644040569?mt=2 http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/off-the-woodworkx http://feeds.feedburner.com/rapidfeeds/iekP http://facebook.com/offthewoodworkx http://canadiansoccernews.com
  15. Dans cette édition d'après match de la Transversale, Kevin c'est entretenu avec Baky Soumare et Hassoun Camara, ainsi que les commentaires de Frank Klopas! Jusqu'à la prochaine fois, bon soccer! @OfftheWoodworkx @KevLaramee https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/off-woodworkx-soccer-podcast/id644040569?mt=2 http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/off-the-woodworkx http://feeds.feedburner.com/rapidfeeds/iekP http://facebook.com/offthewoodworkx http://canadiansoccernews.com
  16. On this post game edition of Off the Woodworkx, you will hear Frank Klopas's Press Conference and comments from Dilly Duka, Dom Oduro and Baky Soumare! Until next time, have a great soccer! @OfftheWoodworkx @KevLaramee https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/off-woodworkx-soccer-podcast/id644040569?mt=2 http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/off-the-woodworkx http://feeds.feedburner.com/rapidfeeds/iekP http://facebook.com/offthewoodworkx http://canadiansoccernews.com
  17. Until later tonight for another special show, have a great futbol! @OfftheWoodworkx @KevLaramee https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/off-woodworkx-soccer-podcast/id644040569?mt=2 http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/off-the-woodworkx http://feeds.feedburner.com/rapidfeeds/iekP http://facebook.com/offthewoodworkx http://canadiansoccernews.com
  18. Also, they talked about the recent 1-0 loss of the CanWNT against France, about the Impact in the Concacaf Champions League, about the signing of Kenny Cooper by the Impact and about Kevin's upcoming trip to Mexico City for the final! Plus the famous Canadian Review! Support the show by becoming a patron and gain access to exclusive content live from The Concacaf Champions League Final in Mexico City next week! https://www.patreon.com/twosolitudes5rings Until next time, have a great soccer! @24thminute @KevLaramee https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/two-solitudes-soccer-podcast/id833616975?mt=2 https://www.patreon.com/twosolitudes5rings https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1XTTehckvHGtr1OXC9Bs6g http://feeds.feedburner.com/TwoSolitudesPod http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-two-solitudes-mls-podcast
  19. In a very hostile environment, the Impact were beat 4-2 on the night, but were able to eek out two away goals that were enough to propel them to this continent's highest club football stage possible! To talk about this historical result, Kevin had Daniel Feuerstein of Feuerstein's Fire and together they dissected the game, talked about the refereeing in Concacaf or the lack there of, the rowdy crowds who were throwing everything ,shoes included in the direction of Evan Bush, hitting him many times with coins in the back of the head (which is a despicable behavior if you ask me) and the importance of this game in Montreal's history, in Quebec's soccer history and on its importance on a national level as well! Until next time, have a great soccer! @OfftheWoodworkx @KevLaramee https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6bNyHzmwJBjFCanw4n-0Tw http://www.patreon.com/twosolitudes5rings?rf=361554&ty=2 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/off-woodworkx-soccer-podcast/id644040569?mt=2 http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=37443&refid=stpr http://feeds.feedburner.com/rapidfeeds/iekP http://facebook.com/OfftheWoodworkx offthewoodworkx@hotmail.com
  20. Today, Kevin previewed the historical game that will take place this Tuesday at 10pm Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Montreal arrived in enemy territory Saturday with a two goal advantage, looking to stop the existence of "la r3 m0ntada" and book their tickets to the Concacaf Champions League Final! Kevin also reviewed the first game in the history of the FC Montreal, a 2-0 loss against their 401 Derby rivals Toronto FC2 . Kevin also reviewed the Impact's home opener versus Orlando City Soccer Club, a 2-2 draw and gave his impression on KAKA in MLS in 2015 so far! Post game comments of Phillippe Eullaffroy, John Dinkota, Victor N'Diaye and Louis Béland-Goyette aka LBG of FC Montreal after their game against TFC2. Until next time, have a great soccer! @OfftheWoodworkx @KevLaramee https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6bNyHzmwJBjFCanw4n-0Tw http://www.patreon.com/twosolitudes5rings?rf=361554&ty=2 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/off-woodworkx-soccer-podcast/id644040569?mt=2 http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=37443&refid=stpr http://feeds.feedburner.com/rapidfeeds/iekP http://facebook.com/OfftheWoodworkx offthewoodworkx@hotmail.com
  21. Today, Kevin reviewed the first leg of the Scotiabank's Concacaf Champions League semi final between the Montreal Impact and Liga Deportiva Alajuelense. Plus a preview of the upcoming NE-IMFC game March 21st at 3pm! Until next time, have a great soccer! @OfftheWoodworkx @KevLaramee https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6bNyHzmwJBjFCanw4n-0Tw https://www.patreon.com/twosolitudes5rings?rf=361554&ty=2 https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/off-woodworkx-soccer-podcast/id644040569?mt=2 https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=37443&refid=stpr http://feeds.feedburner.com/rapidfeeds/iekP https://facebook.com/OfftheWoodworkx offthewoodworkx@hotmail.com
  22. The fact that Justin Mapp is left footed and can use this skill to cut back inside from his wide right position and be a threat from far away makes him almost irreplaceable. Here is the two options that I would consider barring no more injuries and no trades -- a few roster moves to diversify the attack and a schematic change to diversify the point of breakdown of the defense. For the purpose of this exercise, I will consider Andres Romero as available even if his presence for the first leg of the semi finals is in doubt. I was tempted to just replace Mapp with Romero, as Romero can play on the right side and deliver consistent crosses in while trying to maintain a certain control on his corridor and his man. However, that would only have been a temporary band-aid to the problem. Romero has a different skill set than Mapp. What Mapp does great on the right side is to cutback in at the last minute, twisting his defender in his boots in the meantime, while being able to spot the goal for a 25 yard left foot curler in the top corner or spot the one teammate that is open and create a direct chance. Romero will use his physical abilities to put himself in a position where he can beat his last man and create a chance. Having said that, Piatti has not yet found his stride in 2015, so maybe the solution his to reconfigure the composition of the midfield to exploits certain known strength of its component. Nacho always thrived as a left attacking midfielder in his time at San Lorenzo and maybe a return there granted for a short term can help him find his marks and finally contribute to the results of the club. By placing Piatti as the left midfielder, it opens up a spot in the middle where Patrice Bernier could fit in. For a long time we've heard he wants to be more involved in the offensive side of the game, and for the better part of his Montreal tenure, he always had defensive responsibilities that impeded his movement forward. Even thought he has not practice in that position that often lately, the instincts would kick back in very rapidly and could be the way to finally introduce him to the starting eleven in 2015. As for the direct replacement for Justin Mapp at Left Attacking Midfield position in a 4-2-3-1 , I would go with Dominic Oduro. He will have more space on the side to use his pace to get open and beat his cover man . Oduro does not have the same ball control that Justin Mapp does, but with his speed he can create runs and chaos in the opposing team's backline and be threatening that way. So that gives us a midfield composed of Donadel-Coker, Piatti-Bernier-Oduro and Jack Mack as the lone striker up top. Again, Justin Mapp is hard to replace player to playe so the best way to go without him might be to change the formation itself in a way to take full advantage of everyone's skills. By changing the formation to a 4-4-2 Diamond , it could not only ease the workload (4 instead of 5 midfielders) but give more space to Nacho who always seems trapped in 2015. Having either Bernier or Coker as the defensive midfield , Duka on the left, Romero on the right and Piatti in the central attacking midfield with Oduro and Jack up top could be a solution. It will give more space between Nacho and the wingers making him less "trapped." It will give a chance to Nacho to overlap with a forward and still have a man with him to attack the goal. By doing this, the Inpact lessen the play on the wings which, in turn, lessens the loss of Justin Mapp and by refocusing the brunt of the passes through the middle of the midfield it implicates Piatti more into the game and that could be what the Impact needs to put a couple pass the goalkeeper. Maybe I am over thinking the loss of Mapp and its implications to the Impact's play, or maybe I am on to something. Or maybe Montreal does not even have the roster to replace a player like him with the type of soccer they play and maybe a trade or a roster movement of some sort (we are talking about the MLS here) is the solution to this problem? Maybe Tissot is the answer ? At the end of the day, I am left with more questions then answers. What would you do to replace Justin Mapp or to help Montreal's lack of goals? Quick Thoughts -Zacharia Messoudi is back in Montreal and is part of the FC Montreal USL Roster -Nacho Piatti did not take part of many training sessions ahead of the Scotiabank's Concacaf Champions League Semi Final , recuperating and resting on the sidelines, -As I am writing this, close to 30 000 tickets have been sold for the game this Wednesday at 8pm at the Olympic Stadium -Kristian Nicht has been re-loaned to Montreal by the Indy Eleven to be the backup during the SCCL, Kronberg beeing cup-tied with SKC and Crépeau being injured -Come and join me at Taverne Irlandaise Les Trèfles 3971 Ontario East at 4pm for pregame discussions, -Support and become a patron of the Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast https://patreon.com/twosolitudes5rings ]New Off the Woodworkx Montreal Impact Podcast is out today! OTW #87 IMFC-LDA SCCL SF Preview https://archive.org/embed/OffTheWoodworkx87ConcacafChampionsLeagueSemiFinalPreviewImfc-ld
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