The Impact defeated the Union 2-1

Sport 20 July, 2017

Photo: Peter McCabe, The canadian Press
Michael Salazar (centre) opened the scoring in the first half for the Montreal Impact, who has signed a fourth straight win in front of his supporters.

Chris Duvall has admitted that he would have had trouble sleeping Wednesday night if he had not been rescued by his teammates after having been responsible for the tying goal of the visitors. The rest of the Impact probably would have lived a night like he had been unable to defeat a rival direct to start the second half of the season.


Blerim Dzemaili has finally played the hero by touching the target in the second half and the montreal defeated the Union in Philadelphia 2-1.


Michael Salazar opened the scoring in the first half for the Impact (6-6-6), who has signed a fourth straight win in front of his supporters in MLS. This victory has also allowed the Impact to get ahead of the Union (6-8-5) at the eighth rank of the Association Is, in addition to approach to within five points of a playoff spot.


“It was crucial to win,” said Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush, author of a stop. If we had not won, I probably would have said something else to calm the game, but it was really crucial. We were playing against a live opponent and we approach a few of the top-6. “


From hero to zero


The troupe Mauro Biello would have been able to, however, lower the arm after the blunder of Duvall late in the first half. Duvall had been the author of a magnificent centre to Salazar on the first goal of the game in the 19th minute. The back side is then passed from hero to zero in the 43rd minute. Wanting to make a back pass to Bush, Duvall has instead seen Fafà Picault read perfectly the game to cut the pass inaccurate. The American then beat Bush between the legs.


“It was just a bad pass,” said Duvall, frank. “We can’t give goals like that, but we responded well, noted Biello. I had been clear during the half-time. I said that it was necessary to win the second half to win the game and that is what we have done. “


Ballou Tabla has knocked at the door in the 51st minute, cutting the defensive of the Union prior to face to the goalkeeper John McCarthy. A few seconds later, Dzemaili has seemed to show the young sensation of the Impact how to complete the work. The swiss international passed the ball between two defenders before the retrieve of the other side. He completed the maneuver by beating McCarthy with a powerful strike in the little net on the far side.


Dzemaili has, however, admitted that he had played lucky on the sequence. “I wanted to make the pass to Matteo [Mancosu], but the ball was deflected and was told Dzemaili, for whom it was a fourth goal in eight MLS games. When I saw the ball on the other side, I did not hesitate. I always try to hit the small fishing net with force. This is what I have done and the ball has reached the right place. “


The Impact has limited the opportunities of the european Union are the following. Striker Jay Simpson has, however, screwed up two opportunities to play the spoilsport.


Of the wounded


Ignacio Piatti was absent from the side of the Impact, as he is still recovering from an injury to the adductors. Patrice Bernier, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, and Maxime Crépeau and Shaun Francis were also absent, who are always involved in the Gold Cup. On the side of the Union, goalkeeper Andre Blake and midfielder Chris Pontius are involved in the Gold Cup.


The midfielder Louis Béland-Goyette was part of the starting formation of the Impact. 21 years old, the product of the academy of the team thus obtained a first start in MLS and he played his first minutes since September 2014. He has yielded his place to Marco Donadel in the 74th minute.


The game started with 16 minutes late due to bad weather conditions. It was the first time since the arrival with the Impact in MLS in 2012 as the beginning of one of his matches local was delayed because of the rain.


The Impact will play its next game on Saturday when FC Dallas will be of passage in Montreal. The midfielder Hernan Bernardello will be suspended for this encounter due to yellow card accumulation.