The Montreal Impact opened for the season the second consecutive time in the Pacific NorthWest. This time, a heroic 1-0 victory was the result for Les Bleus of Montreal.
Heroism is one H-word that can describe the Montreal Impact's 1-0 victory over the 2012 Western Conference Finalist.
MTL - GK-Troy Perkins; D-Jeb Brovsky, Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Hassoun Camara (Dennis Iapichino 84'); M- Patrice Bernier, Justin Mapp (Sanna Nyassi 46'), Felipe, Davy Arnaud, Andrea Pisanu (Calum Mallace 69') ; F-Marco Di Vaio
SEA - GK-Michael Gspurning; D- DeAndre Yedlin, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Zach Scott, Leo Gonzalez (Servando Carrasco 84'); M-Mario Martinez, Brad Evans, Andy Rose (Alex Caskey 62'), Steve Zakuani (Sammy Ochoa 69'); F-Mauro Rosales, Eddie Johnson
Unused Subs: G-Marcus Hahnemann; D-Dylan Remick, Djimi Traore; F-Eriq Zavaleta
MTL - Arnaud (Felipe) 35'
SEA - Evans 17'
MTL - Pisanu 64'
|Seattle Sounders FC||Montreal Impact|
|15||Attempts on Goal||9|
|3||Shots on Target||5|
|8||Shots off Target||3|
|25||Open Play Crosses||6|
|1||First Yellow Cards||1|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|49%||Duels Won %||50%|
|80%||Passing Accuracy %||76%|
Montreal Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum
(On the overall game)
I tip my hat to the team tonight, as we played a really good side and we did very well defensively. We had some difficult moments, but we were ready to battle all game and this win is very good for the team morale. Not many teams win here.
(On what Davy Arnaud brings to the team...)
A lot of things because this is a new position and he's very good with the team. To score the goal is very important to go up 1-nil. He's a very good captain also to guide the team on the field. I'm very happy with him and with the rest of the players.
(On Troy Perkins...)
Very stable. He's very good for the defenders when you have a goalkeeper like him behind.
(On the midfielders interchanging on the attack...)
I wanted the midfield to go deep and there was the perfect timing of Felipe and Davy to score the goal.
(On the older players' experience and what that means to the team...)
You saw tonight what Troy (Perkins) brought in the goal and Allesandro (Nesta) was like a wall. They bring a lot of experience. It's nice to have no goals allowed.
(On feeling fortunate about Seattle's near misses...)
Yeah, but that's part of the game. It was lucky in this situation because you're going against a very good team. We also had two or three chances to make it 2-0 and we also hit the post. So that's the game and it was a little bit of luck to have here because Seattle is a good team. And when you have 40,000 in the stadium, it's not easy to play.
Captain and Hero Of The Day, Davy Arnaud
The result is huge for us.We have a good group of guys who have played a lot of tough games together now, so it's a good feeling.
(On scoring the first goal here in 2009 and scoring here again...)
I've had some pretty good luck here. It's a a great stadium to play in and a great atmosphere. It's a big win for us
(On the goal...)
Felipe timed the ball really well. I knew he saw me running and he played a great ball. I wasn't sure who was to my right but I figured I wouldn't have a lot of time so I had to hit it pretty fast after I took my first touch.
(On Gspurning closing out fast on the goal...)
He's a big boy. He's a very good goalkeeper, but I just reacted to the situation so that was it.
(One goal being enough for the win...)
Scoring goals on the road is tough, and especially against them. They score a lot of goals here at home, but I think this year in preseason we've been really solid defensively. If we can continue to score one goal and get points on the road, we're going to be ok.
(On captaining a very internationally influenced team...)
I don't think it changes too much. Americans, French, Italians, whatever. It doesn't really matter, my role doesn't changed to much. I think we have a good group of leaders and veterans who've played in some really big games so for me, not too much changes.
Another hero among many, Patrice Bernier
We kept our focus, even during difficult minutes like we did in camp, and we showed our character.We did well despite the pressure by Seattle. We managed a win on the road and that will give us confidence for next week.
He is paying dinner for the goal posts - Troy Perkins - Goalkeeper
(Returning nearly a full squad from last year....)
Even in preseason it was smooth. No one had to get used to each other. We're all very comfortable playing with the guy next to us.
(One goal being enough to win)
With this team, yes, I think it's a great confidence builder, to go on the road and being able to win a game like that, 1-0.
(Is it more special to win in Seattle, as a guy with Northwest history...)
Always, they've got a great thing going here, and deep down it always feels good to get a result.
(Starting the season with a shutout...)
It's a great confidence booster for us. It's a feather in our cap to say that we can go on the road and get a result, 1-0.
Felipe Martins, Passer Extraordinaire
(On the confidence in the team...)
Of course we played a lot with our hearts. It was a tough game but I think we did a good job. We scored in the first half so after that they came back a little bit, but in the end we got the three points and that's the most important thing.
(On closing games, something Montreal struggled with last year...)
Yes, it's tough too because they closed back, but I tried to do my best and the important thing is the team got the three points and I'm very happy because it's a hard field to play at.
(On some tape and ice on him after the game)
I got stretched a little bit in the first half but you know, it's a good game so you just want to continue to play and finish the game.