When it concerns preparation for early-season opponents, it is a common practice among coaches to rely on information amassed from last year. This time, however, New England Revolution lead coach Jay Heaps would not be using this technique for their match against the Montreal Impact. This is because the Impact have added a staggering 14 new players all during the offseason. This implies that the team that would be awaiting the Revs is completely different from the one they played against some five months ago.
Despite the fact that they have finished last in 2014, the Impact had managed to exceed expectation in winter during the CONCACAF Champions League game. They have pulled an incredible performance against the Mexican team Pachuca in the quarters and won by 2-0 against the Costa Rican team Alajuelense in the semifinals.
However, Heaps seemed to be prepared for the Impact as he stated that they are playing well. He praised the playmaking abilities of Ignacio Piatti and the fact that the team has grown and added various components to make them more strong.
Among the pieces mentioned by Heaps are people that are well-known to Revolution fans. The new faces at the Impact team include Bakary Soumare, who was a former Chicago Fire defense player. He had once confronted a Revolution staff during a match. Another addition to the Impact team is Dominic Oduro who was a former Columbus Crew forward player. His speed during games is notoriously known.
Heaps seems to have carried out his fair share of research on the Impact team and would be preparing his side for the game.