Aug 9, 2014; Chester, PA, USA; Montreal Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins (1) reacts to a goal by Philadelphia Union forward Sebastien Le Toux (11) during the first half of the match at at PPL Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
This photo beautifully captures the Impact’s seven game losing streak in July and August. Troy Perkins has received a lot of heat for that streak (from me in particular) because of letting in weak goals at bad times and not controlling his back line better. At times, it seemed as though no one wanted to take charge of the back four.
Most of the time, no one really knew what was wrong with the Montreal defense. It seemed like, as soon as they fixed one problem, another arose and they kept finding new ways to concede goals. It was like a game of Whack-A-Mole, as soon as you hit one, two more pop up.
Frank Klopas gave Perkins a break in August and back up Evan Bush got some starts. It seemed as though Bush would be the guy going forward, but now Perkins has started two of the last three MLS games.
So I guess to some extent, there are still problems. At least the defense has shored up and has managed five clean sheets in the past 11 games.