Winning feels good and winning at home just makes it sweeter. In front of 19,773 eager fans, the Montreal Impact put out the Chicago Fire. Goals from Andres Romero and Marco Di Vaio were enough to seal the deal in a game that had its share of events, drama and fan democracy.
Taking back first place in the Eastern Conference, the Impact continues to store points in the bank early in the season. With 5 games to be played in the month of May, the quiet month of April seems like a blessing especially when you finish it off with a win.
The biggest surprise ,when coming to the game, was the absence of Patrice Bernier in the starting XI. Marco Schällibaum opted for a 4-4-2 formation with Daniele Paponi starting alongside Marco Di Vaio. It might have seemed as a big risk at the beginning but the gamble paid off, if the coaching staff ever saw it as one.
This victory came with a cost as Alessandro Nesta limped off the pitch at the 54th minute, giving his spot to Wandrille Lefevre, a 2013 signing from the Montreal Impact academy. Lefevre made his presence felt quickly as he delivered an assist to Andres Romero's goal.
At the 57th minute, the Argentinean winger gets the ball from Lefevre on the left flank. Showing the promise from his Youtube highlights, Romero dribbled past his marker and finds the opposite top corner as Sean Johnson could only watch the ball go in, helplessly.
At the 76th minute, Daniele Paponi made his presence count on the score sheet. Getting a ball from Jeb Brovsky, the 25 yeard-old striker finds Di Vaio at the top of the box. The veteran Serie A striker fires a low shot to the right of Sean Johnson, who almost had a touch on it.
After Montreal's first goal, the Chicago Fire was one man down after Jeff Larentowicz was shown a red card for a foul. At the 63rd minute, Andrea Pisanu was streaking towards the goal, surrounded by Fire players. It seemed that Larentowicz clipped the Italian midfielder from the back and at the best inadvertently.
Montreal did have a few chances especially from Daniele Paponi who had a one-timer stopped by Johnson. Earlier in the game, Paponi had a physical and technical impact on the game, definitely helping Di Vaio all game long.
Stay tuned on Mount Royal Soccer for quotes and more post-game analysis on the 2-0 Montreal Impact over the Chicago Fire.