3 Questions With: Mount Royal Soccer

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Eighty-Six Forever speaks with Sofiane Benzaza, Managing Editor of Mount Royal Soccer

While the Vancouver Whitecaps are off to an impressive start to begin the 2014 season, the Montreal Impact have fallen to the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

It's a bit surprising, given the Impact were the lone Canadian club to make the post-season in 2013, sneaking in ahead of the Chicago Fire on a second tie breaker. Now, with a two and a half week break behind them, the Whitecaps are looking for their second win in three matches, while the Impact are trying to rebound from a 4-2 loss to D.C. United.

Ahead of the battle, Eighty-Six Forever checked in with SB Nation sister blog Mount Royal Soccer; specifically, founder and Managing Editor Sofiane Benzaza.

86ForeverObviously Marco Di Vaio isn't on pace for the same production as last season. What's going on with him?

Mount Royal Soccer: Di Vaio is getting older but has been injury-prone. If it's related to his age, then the Impact cannot depend on him to score 20 goals which explains Jack McInerney's arrival to the club.

He did seem in great shape during preseason, but injuries and his role has changed. Klopas is moving things around and Di Vaio might have more assists than goals this year.

86F: Are the Impact a better team than the standings dictate?

MRS: Not really. The Impact is an average team that did not recruit soon enough to fill gaps in its starting lineup. It was expected that Montreal would struggle this season on both ends of the pitch.

If the points total might seem harsh vis à vis the effort put on the pitch, the standings only reflect wins, losses and draws, but not effort and good intentions.

86F: How does Frank Klopas get this team to score more moving forward in the season?

MRS: Versatility, options and hopefully the ever-elusive DP offensive midfielder the club is looking to sign, Ignacio Piatti. Klopas has starting to instill internal competition between players to get the best out of them.

Offensively, he is going with a winger-based offense with a mobile striker. Defensively is where the club needs help and the arrival of Mamadou Denso might give more depth and an option to start.

Klopas will shuffle his lineup when he feels that the commitment level is not up to par, something the coach has pointed to a few times.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Eighty Six Forever

You must be a member of Eighty Six Forever to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Eighty Six Forever. You should read them.

Join Eighty Six Forever

You must be a member of Eighty Six Forever to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Eighty Six Forever. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker