Less than 48 hours after a hard-to-swallow loss to the Philadelphia Union, the Impact players resumed training in search of a way to regroup for their game on Wednesday against the Revolution of New England. And if coach Thierry Henry is to be believed, it will not be easy.
First, because his next opponent has often caused him problems recently. And above all because the team is at the end of its resources.
“Everyone is physically and mentally tired. Everyone is at their wit's end, Henry acknowledged by videoconference on Tuesday. But we must continue, we must find strength. "
And as he spoke to journalists even before training took place, he wondered about the numbers that will be available for the match.
“I have to deal with the means at hand. It will be difficult to do tactical work in training and offer opposition because there are not enough players. We will have to try to find a solution because the New England team is one of the teams that has bothered us the most in the game. ”
In their last encounter last month, the Revolution had won 3-1.
The Impact (6-9-2-20 points) occupies eighth place in the East section. The Montreal team have never been able to secure an ascendancy this season, unable to win two straight victories.
Henry, who was not kind to Romell Quioto after Sunday's game, remained adamant about his assessment of his player's blunder. He had the equalizer on the tip of his foot at the end of the match.
“I wasn't harsh, I was honest. When people make mistakes, they make mistakes. Romell was overconfident on the one-on-one finish. Unfortunately. It could have brought us back to 2-2. "
Quioto sent into the fray at the 51 th minute to replace Mason Toye, is the top scorer of the Impact with six goals. If Henry came back three times rather than on his mistake, he nevertheless admitted that his return to training was welcome.
Speaking of Toye, acquired from Minnesota United earlier this month and who made his Impact debut on Sunday, the 21-year-old American forward is determined to make his offensive contribution as quickly as possible.
“I feel like I can have my say in helping the team win. And to do that, I have to score goals. "
In the current context, Henry must hope that this happens sooner rather than later.