‘We have to find a way to win,’ Impact’s Henry says of MLS playoff push

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The rest and relaxation — if you want to call it that — are over. Now let’s see if it did the Impact any good.

“Recharging mentally is as important, if not more important, than physically,” manager Thierry Henry said Friday during a video conference. “When your mind is okay, your body follows.”

With a full week between games, following last Saturday’s victory against Inter Miami CF, the Impact’s healthy players returned to Montreal for four full days this week before returning Thursday to the club’s Harrison, N.J., training base.

While the players and staff were in quarantine, meaning they could do little, it afforded them the opportunity to cleanse the mind and get away from what has been a hectic schedule.

“You think and work on different stuff, but you don’t do anything in quarantine,” Henry explained. “But you like to have that time to work. Mentally, it’s good to recover.”

The Impact returns to the pitch Saturday (7:30 p.m., TSN 5, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio) against New York City FC at Yankee Stadium in yet another crucial matchup.