But with their first road win since September 2013 safely in their pockets, thanks to a 2-1 result last weekend in Columbus, travelling seems less of an ordeal.
And the next stop is Yankee Stadium, not only home to baseball's most famous team, but also of Major League Soccer expansion club New York City. The Impact visit NYC on Saturday night.
"I'm looking forward to it for sure," midfielder Calum Mallace said Friday. "It's another thing to put on your resume, that you've played in such an historic stadium.
"Another good thing about it is that they've actually struggled at home this year, so we're going to look to take advantage of that."
The Impact (4-4-2) go into New York on a roll, with four wins in five games.
But City (2-7-5), paced by 33-year-old Spanish star David Villa, is also feeling better after picking up a first ever away win June 6 at Philadelphia, ending an 11-game winless run.
NYC coach Jason Kreis likened the victory in Philadelphia to removing "a big, giant ape on our shoulders.
"A result like that could mean that ape now leaves and we can work the right way," Kreis told his team's website. "I'm hopeful being able to work the right way this week in training means we can have confidence and positivity going into Saturday."
Impact players may have felt like they were carrying King Kong until they ended their 25-game winless run in road matches.
But they can't get too comfortable. They are still only 1-1-3 in road games and the goals by Maxim Tissot and Andres Romero were their first away from home this season.
"We've struggled on the road for the last year so it's nice to get that behind us," said Mallace. "We have a few road games coming up as well, so hopefully we can put the mental block behind us and accumulate quite a few points on the road now."
New York won its first game at Yankee Stadium 2-0 against New England on March 15 and has not won at home since, going 1-3-3.
The Impact have been winning despite a run of injuries that at one point had eight players out of the lineup. Now they've lost Cameroon defender Amroise Oyongo and Gatineau, Que., native Tissot to international duty. And midfielder Marco Donadel is suspended for drawing a fifth yellow card, which should put Mallace back in the starting 11.
Key veterans like goalie Evan Bush, central defender Laurent Ciman and attackers Romero and Ignacio Piatti have stepped up. Wandrille Lefevre has looked sharp in two straight starts on defence.
"We want to continue to build," said Impact coach Frank Klopas. "The Columbus game is in the past and this (NYC) is a quality team.
"It's an expansion team, but they have quality players and the longer they are together they'll figure it out. We won't underestimate them."
The Impact are still catching up after having a few games postponed while they were climbing to the CONCACAF Champions League final in March or April. They are one point behind Philadelphia, but have six games in hand. They are two behind Columbus with four in hand.
The Impact are 4-2-0 in MLS play since losing to Club America in the Champions League final April 29.
"We put a lot of effort and concentration into CONCACAF and now we can put that behind us and focus on the league," said Mallace. "I think we're hitting our stride right now as a team."Suggest a correction