Damet hopes to turn around FC Cincinnati vs. Impact

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Yoann Damet will become the youngest head coach to walk the sideline in a Major League Soccer match on Saturday afternoon when FC Cincinnati hosts the Montreal Impact.

Damet, who replaced Alan Koch as the bench boss in Cincinnati (2-7-2), will be 29 years and 53 days old at the time of the match against the Impact.

“The focus is on the players. It’s not about me,” said Damet, who served as the Montreal Impact Under-18 head coach prior to joining Cincinnati.

“It’s more about what we can do to find a solution and improve on the field. The focus is on trying to get back on training, implement some concepts and get back on track.”

Cincinnati has been off track for quite some time, as its 1-0 setback to San Jose on Saturday marked the fifth straight time it has been shut out. All told, the expansion club has seen its scoring drought reach a league-worst 531 minutes.

Cincinnati is saddled with a seven-match winless skid (0-6-1), with the lone tally during that stretch coming as a result of Darren Mattocks converting a penalty kick in a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City on April 7.

“We didn’t score many goals in the past games; we didn’t have success in the past games,” Damet said. “Now, it’s not about looking back, but moving forward and focusing on the things we need to change and improve on.”

Montreal (6-4-2) moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference standings after rallying to a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.

Zakaria Diallo scored in the 64th minute and Maximiliano Urruti netted the go-ahead goal 15 minutes later to send the Impact to their fourth road victory of the season.

“It’s a good victory, especially after falling behind in the first,” the 32-year-old Diallo said. “I thought we controlled things from the start. The energy and state of mind of every player on the pitch made the difference.”

Urruti, who scored his first goal of the season, leads the Impact with four assists.

Saphir Taider is tied with Ignacio Piatti with a club-best three goals, although the latter will miss his ninth straight match on Saturday with a knee injury, per coach Remi Garde.

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