MONTREAL — Frank Klopas is anxious to see how the Montreal Impact rebounds from last week’s forgettable game against the Chicago Fire.
A 10-man Impact squad dropped a 3-0 road loss to Chicago on Saturday. On Wednesday night, Montreal hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps at Saputo Stadium in an all-Canadian MLS match.
“We have to rebound quickly,” Klopas said before Tuesday’s practice. “That’s the message. You can stumble, but it’s how you recover. That’s the important thing. That’s what I want to see.
“Whether it’s in the game or in life, you’re going to make mistakes. If you rebound well, you put it behind you. If not, that’s going to be a problem.”
Montreal (2-4-2) lost for the first time in three games Saturday. After Marco Donadel received a second yellow card at the 37-minute mark, Chicago ran rings around the Impact.
Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush says the quick turnaround is both a “blessing and a curse.”
“You have to take into account the things we didn’t do well and try to fix those things,” said Bush. “But you also have to have a short memory.
“You want to get back on the field to get a better result. Obviously with our injury situation, it would be good to stretch out some games.”
Montreal has several key players hurt. They include defenders Eric Miller (hamstring) and Hassoun Camara (knee), wingers Dominic Oduro (groin) and Justin Mapp (elbow), as well as forwards Kenny Cooper (knee) and Cameron Porter (knee).
Montreal lost midfielder Dilly Duka to a head injury Saturday and he isn’t expected to play against the Whitecaps.
The Impact won’t get much relief this month because of a busy schedule. Wednesday’s game begins a stretch of six MLS matches in 24 days for Montreal.
“It’s difficult with so many injuries,” said Calum Mallace, who will likely get the start in midfield given Donadel’s suspension. “At a time like this, you like to rely on the depth of the team.
“But right now we can’t really do that with so many injuries. We have to balance as many guys as possible.”
Vancouver (7-5-2) has one of the league’s best records. After starting the season with 13 points from their first six games, the Whitecaps have since cooled off a little, going 3-4-1 since April 11.
Scoring has been an issue of late for Vancouver. The Western Conference’s second-best team has seven goals in its last eight games and has been shut out three times over its last five MLS contests.
Vancouver forward Octavio Rivero hasn’t scored in his last three starts but has a team-best six goals from a league-high 54 shots.
“They’ve been a bit hot and cold,” Bush said of the Whitecaps. “You see them play very well, and sometimes not play up to their potential.
“We have to prepare that they’re going to be at their best. We have to prepare to take the game to them.”
Wednesday’s game will also be a preview of next month’s Canadian championship final. Montreal and Vancouver will play a two-legged series for a spot in the 2016-’17 CONCACAF Champions League.
NOTES: The Whitecaps are 2-0-1 all-time versus the Impact in league play . . . Impact midfielder Andres Romero and defender Victor Cabrera practised Friday and could be in the lineup against Vancouver. … Montreal’s Maxim Tissot was called up to Canadian national team Friday. The 23-year-old will compete in World Cup qualifiers June 11 and June 16.
Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press