Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Impact Backup Goalkeeper Eric Krongberg to Start against Philadelphia

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Impact Backup Goalkeeper Eric Krongberg to Start against Philadelphia

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Backup 'keeper to get start for Impact

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MONTREAL - Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg knows just how important it is for the Impact to put their last game behind them.

Montreal heads to Philadelphia to face the Union in MLS action on Saturday just three days after their devastating 4-1 home loss against Orlando City SC.

"As a goalkeeper, you (forget) pretty quickly," said Kronberg after the defeat on Wednesday. "Because you get scored on all the time, you have to learn from it quick and bounce back from it quick. With a quick turnaround, we can put a good performance together and get some points on the road.

"Three days (between games) is a long time. We just have to make sure we stay together, stay as a team, we learn from it and grow from it and we go after it on Saturday and go for points in Philadelphia."

Kronberg, usually Montreal's backup 'keeper, will get the start in Philadelphia after Evan Bush was shown a red card against Orlando. Bush tripped up a streaking Carlos Rivas in the box in the 51st minute, leaving the referee no choice but to show red.

The 33-year-old Kronberg, making his first MLS appearance of the season, conceded a goal to Kaka on the ensuing penalty kick and another one to Rivas in the 77th minute.

The former Sporting Kansas City player last started an MLS match on Sept. 16, 2015, a 1-1 draw in San Jose. His only other game action before Wednesday's 38-minute substitute appearance was in two Canadian Championship matches earlier this summer.

Kronberg's last MLS victory was on June 27, 2014, a 1-0 win against Portland. He was still with Sporting KC at the time.

"He's our No. 2 goalkeeper, so he's getting the start" said head coach Mauro Biello. "I know Maxime (Crepeau) is playing very well with FC Montreal (the Impact's USL affiliate), but Philadelphia is a team that puts a lot of emphasis on crosses in the middle. …

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