The Montreal Impact accomplished a rare feat against the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday. They actually won an away game and left with all the points. One of the reasons new coach Marco Schallibaum was brought in was to shore up the club’s leaky road record. The Impact went into the hostile CenturyLink Field and shocked the hosts.
The team that is built around Italians did their best imitation of a Serie A team playing away from home. They bunkered up and hit back on the counter attack. Captain Davy Arnaud put the team ahead for good with a cheeky lob over on coming Sounders keeper Michael Gspurning. His goal has been nominated for Major League Soccer’s goal of the week. The home team had a few chances and a shot that hit the wood work but the game never looked in their reach.
What must put a smile on any Impact fan was the work of the Alessandro Nesta and Matteo Ferrari in the middle of the back line. If the duo stays healthy for the entire season the club can look forward to these type of results the rest of the way.
Felipe and Patrice Bernier continued their midfield partnership. The club is solid right up the middle with Nesta, Ferrari, Felipe, Bernier and the smart Marco Di Vaio up front. Di Vaio got in a full 90 minutes and will be counted on to do all the running and tracking down alone when the club plays on the road.
Any time a team has to go West for its’ first two matches against the Sounders and the Portland Timbers any points are deemed a bonus. For the Impact to take full points in their first game makes any type of result next week at JELD-WEN Field an added victory.
If the club somehow comes up with another win, they can they look forward to a home date against the rebuilding but surprising Toronto FC. A three game winning streak to start the season could be a possibility. Schallibaum and the owner Joey Saputo must be happy with the start but expectations are high in Montreal and nothing more than good results will not be tolerated.
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