Montreal Impact: Thierry Henry closing in on first success as manager

Montreal Impact, Thierry Henry (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Montreal Impact, Thierry Henry (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

Montreal Impact manager Thierry Henry is already taking care of business

The Montreal Impact are nearing another appearance in the Canadian Championship final. After claiming the title in 2019, they are looking to repeat their success and earn a spot in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League. For Thierry Henry, this would be his first success as manager of the Impact.

A big match ahead for Montreal Impact

Wednesday’s fixture against the Vancouver Whitecaps will determine if the Impact ends up representing the Canadian Major League Soccer clubs in the final. They will need to win the match in order to advance. A loss or draw would not see them reach the final for a second consecutive year.

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Although the Impact would be tied with Toronto FC in points with a win, even just a 1-0 victory would allow them to claim the top spot and advance. The reason for this is one of the tiebreakers is away goal differential, which the Impact would surpass Toronto with if they get a victory against the Whitecaps.

This scenario adds drama to an already hectic schedule ahead for the Impact who are very much in the picture to reach the postseason in MLS.

With the Whitecaps in last place in the Western Conference, they will not be an easy club to defeat as they are looking for any sort of positive result to build on. As a result, this fixture is going to be a key one for both teams.

Thierry Henry nearing his first success as a manager

Henry has done quite well in Montreal in his first year at the club. He got the Impact to the knockout rounds in the MLS is Back Tournament and now he has an opportunity to win his first trophy. This is going to be one of his first real tests as manager as the Impact control their own destiny entering Wednesday’s match.

If Henry can successfully navigate the Impact to the final, they should be the favorites to lift the Canadian Championship for a second consecutive year. They would await the winners of the Canadian Premier League at a later date if they were to advance.

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The former Arsenal player did not have a great start to his managerial career at AS Monaco in France. However, things have been looking up for his career in MLS. Success in the domestic cup and a place in the MLS playoffs would be a welcome result for his first year at the helm. Both of these results are very attainable in the near future and Henry might just be the best first-year manager in MLS this season if he can deliver.