Eastern Conference Final Position: 10th
2014 is a year that won’t live long in the memory for Montreal Impact as they finished the campaign rooted to the foot of the Eastern Conference table and it goes down as their worst season since participation in Major League Soccer began in 2012.
Having qualified for the playoffs in 2013 they would have been hoping to back it up with another good season but it wasn’t to be and the quicker they put it out of their minds, the better.
A 2-0 win against all the odds when they overturned the high-flying New England Revolution in June must go down as the stand-out moment for their season. The Revs came in to the game in a scintillating run of form having won six of their last seven only to be completely taken by surprise by a fluent and clinical Montreal side.
With an array of disappointments to choose from, it’s hard to pinpoint the specific worst moment of the season. It’s more a case of worst moments, and it has to be when they lost seven games on the bounce between 7th July and 10th August as this resigned them to the fact that they weren’t in for a good season.
Player of the Year
Marco Di Vaio retired from football following the conclusion of this season and he showed that you don’t ever lose your talent by contributing 13 goals (9 scored – 4 assisted) from just 17 starts. The Impact will have to go a long way to replace him so it’s only fair that his efforts are given the recognition they deserve.
Montreal Impact 3-0 Houston Dynamo (June 30 2014)
Sporting Kansas City 4-0 Montreal Impact (April 20 2014)
What to improve for the 2015 season…
The first thing to do would be to remain realistic and not set goals and expectations too high.
It’s only the third season in which they have competed in Major League Soccer, so there is no shame in finishing bottom of the conference because it can be used as a major learning curve.
They don’t need to be told about the issues that clearly need addressing.
It’s very simple – they concede too many at one end and they don’t score enough at the other, but I’m sure that this is something that players and staff will be working hard on during the close season and they will come back fighting in 2015.