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With Canadian Thanksgiving upon us, there is little doubt what Montreal impact fans are most thankful for this year.
The Montreal Impact just thankful for Didier Drogba this year 
10/11/2015
 

With Canadian Thanksgiving upon us, there is little doubt what Montreal impact fans are most thankful for this year. 


The team has been wildly inconsistent for most of the campaign, which ultimately led to the sacking of former head coach Frank Klopas. Mauro Biello was brought in as his replacement and the club has lost just two of the seven games they've played under the interim manager. 


However, it has largely been Didier Drogba leading the way as Montreal look to claim just their second ever MLS playoff spot.


Drogba has nine goals and one assist in nine matches with the Impact, including three game winners. His latest heroics may have been the most important yet, with his stunning free kick earning Montreal a crucial victory on the road against the Colorado Rapids. 


The Ivoirian's goal put his club four points up on Orlando City with just two games to play, meaning the Impact can clinch a playoff berth with a victory in their last two games of the season or if Orlando City fail to win both of their final two matches.


“It’s very difficult to play here,” Drogba said following the victory against the Rapids. “It’s tough, but we dealt quite well with the altitude. We all worked hard to secure the result.”


Montreal will not have it easy down the stretch though, as they play two Eastern Conference opponents jockeying for playoff positioning. 


On Saturday, the Impact will travel to New England to take on the Revolution at Gillette Stadium, before heading home to host Canadian rivals Toronto FC in the final match of the regular season.


Currently, Montreal trail Toronto by a single point in the standings, while sitting just two back of the Revolution. Strong performances by Drogba and company in their last two matches could see the club have an opportunity to play a postseason match at home for the first time in franchise history.


Hosting a playoff match would not just be great for fans who wouldn't have to travel to support their team, but also for Biello's men who have proved to be a much better side at the friendly confines of Stade Saputo than on the road. In 16 matches at home they have been able to collect a total of 32 points this season, while picking up just 13 over the same span of games away. 


Regardless of whether the Impact find a way to sneak into the top four in the East and get to play at least one playoff game at home, the team and their fans have to be happy with the progress they've made in 2015. 


This time last year, Montreal was the laughing stock of the league finishing with the least amount of points in all of MLS, behind even the now defunct Chivas USA.


Drobga's arrival may not be the only reason the Impact find themselves in a playoff spot with just two games to play, but nobody in Quebec wants to even imagine where the club would be without him right now. 


So while turkeys are being carved and gravy is poured over mashed potatoes (or French fries) across the country, Impact fans won't have to think too hard when asked what they are most thankful for this year.

 
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