The Voyageurs Cup is up for grabs for the Montreal Impact after a 4-year hiatus since 2008. The Montreal Impact literally crushed Toronto FC and scored 6 unanswered goals. Marco Di Vaio had two goals as Daniele Paponi, Andrew Wenger, Justin Mapp and Andres Romero scored the four other goals as the Impact spread the scoring among its offensive players.
The Montreal Impact wanted to score as early as possible and as many as possible. At the 24th minute, Justin Mapp taps in his first goal for the Impact in 2013. Andres Romero's pass from the left was initially blocked by the Toronto defense. Playing his second consecutive game with the club, Daniele Paponi takes the rebound and feeds it to Mapp and the rest is history.
The second goal was a thing of beauty as Wandrille Lefevre finds Jeb Brovsky on the right flank, close to the touchline. Brovsky unleashes his Tiki-taka with a one-touch flick to Justin Mapp who finds space between the TFC lines. Mapp dribbles past Ashton Morgan who went too early to pressure the left-footed wizard. Mapp takes a shot that Stefan Frei blocks but the juicy rebound finds Paponi who taps it in for his first goal as a Montreal Impact.
At the 37th minute, a few minutes after the goal, Daniele Paponi goes out injured and is replaced by Marco Di Vaio. It's another victory marred by injuries and even if Paponi just joined the club, this one will also hurt.
Marco Di Vaio did not miss a beat and scored the third goal right before half-time. The Designated Player gets a cross from Justin Mapp (yes that just happened). Di Vaio controlled the ball inside the box, spins and scores on Frei.
The Italian striker does not stop there and he also becomes the setup map for Andres Romero, who also had ane excellent game. Di Vaio's through ball finds the quick Argentinean who goes around Frei and scores on a empty net. Two more goals were added in extra-time as both Marco Di Vaio and Andrew Wenger crucify Stefan Frei who was helpless all game long
I was wrong on my preview article of the game and on Soccer Sans Frontieres when assuming that the Montreal Impact will not field many starters. Putting Davy Arnaud and Patrice Bernier together made a big difference for the midfield. The continuation of the 4-4-2 was also key as Paponi and Wenger were good together but it only lasted 30+ minutes.
Now, the Montreal Impact prepare to leave for San Jose to face the San Jose EarthQuakes. As per the Amway Canadian Championship, the Montreal Impact will face the Vancouver Whitecaps in the two-legged final.
1st Leg on May 15th 2013 -- 2nd Leg on May 29th 2013
If we are talking about a rivalry, it might have started on twitter.
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