Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Impact Want Same Effort, Better Result against Crew in Rebound from Painful Loss

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Impact Want Same Effort, Better Result against Crew in Rebound from Painful Loss

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Impact want better finishing against Crew

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MONTREAL - Same game, better result.

That was the mantra of the Montreal Impact heading into their match Saturday night against the visiting Columbus Crew.

Last week, the Impact (5-7-3) dominated everywhere except the scoreboard in a 2-1 loss at home to New York City on a pair of sweet goals from Spanish star David Villa.

They hope the same effort with some better finishing at the net will produce a win over Columbus (6-6-6).

"We dominated from start to finish," defender Laurent Ciman said Friday of the New York setback, which ended a four-game home winning streak. "Unfortunately, they got two chances, two goals.

"It's too bad, but we played well and we have to keep that going."

The Impact see it as an instance where the best team on the night didn't get the victory, but the same could be said of their game at Columbus on June 6. Montreal ended a 25-game road winless run that night with a 2-1 victory despite being outshot and mostly out-played by the Crew.

It was the Crew's last defeat. They have two wins and a pair of draws in their last four games, with forward Kai Kamara stretching his MLS-leading goals total to 12.

"Sometimes the game is not fair," said coach Frank Klopas. "During a year, I'm sure there are times you win games you don't deserve to win, but the important thing is we played well."

Both Impact goalscorers in Columbus, Maxim Tissot and Andres Romero, will miss the rematch. Tissot is away with Canada's national team while Romero is suspended one game for yellow card accumulation.

It leaves Montreal, already missing Eric Alexander and Justin Mapp to injuries, thin on outside midfielders.

The Impact's lone goal last week came from Ignacio Piatti on a penalty, despite outshooting New York 25-5, including 10-3 in shots on target. …

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