On a wet rainy afternoon, the Montreal Impact has finally won its first MLS thanks to Felipe Martins. The monkey is off the club's back and the Philadelphia Union was the victim. A story inside the story was the confrontation between Jack McInerney and Andrew Wenger, the first meeting between both clubs since they traded strikers a few weeks ago.
Frank Klopas made a bold move and started both Marco Di Vaio and Jack McInerney on his starting eleven. The duo demonstrated a good chemistry early in the game. It became even more dangerous when Felipe Martins joined the party up front.
The Montreal Impact scored first when Patrice Bernier intercepted a ball in the midfield. The captain ran into the generous space given to him by the Philadelphia Union and unleashed a shot from approximately 25 meters out.
Zac Macmath made the initial save on the bouncing shot but his generous rebound was more than enough for Felipe as he took the rebound and scored the only goal of the game.
The rest of the first half was mostly to the advantage of the visitors as the Impact played the counter-attack. Troy Perkins made a few big saves to keep his team in the game and keep the clean sheet at half-time.
He stole a goal from his ex-teammate Wenger as the ex-Impact striker poked a ball to the left of Perkins but the american goalkeeper was huge again.
The second half was not different as the Union continued to be the more menacing team on the pitch. With more ball possession with 61.3%, Philadelphia was rewarded with a few more scoring changes, mostly on corner kicks.
Klopas' men continued to depend on counter-attacks and quick breaks. McInerney was left unmarked and finds space between the Union center backs. The ex-Union striker had enough time to unleash a shot from outside the box but MacMath makes a huge save.
The rest of the half was more of the same with Montreal suffering a siege from the Union. The visitors continued to cross dangerous balls and created a few dangerous scrambles in Perkins' box.
Later in the game, Marco Di Vaio subbed off for Maxime Tissot . The young left back played in the midfield and almost gave the 2-0 lead at 83rd minute.
Not known for its ability to keep a lead, the Impact held to the one goal lead and earned its first victory MLS, in its real home Stade Saputo in front of 19,075 fans.
Stade Saputo is back as the fortress of the Bleu,Blanc,Noir even though the manner was not convincing.
MTL - GK-Troy Perkins; D-Hassoun Camara, Karl W. Ouimette, Matteo Ferrari, Jeb Brovsky; M-Patrice Bernier, Collen Warner (Calum Mallace 56"), Justin Mapp, Felipe (Eric Miller 89'), Jack McInerney; F-Marco Di Vaio (Maxim Tissot 78')
Subs not used: GK-Evan Bush; D-Heath Pearce; M-Blake Smith; F-Santiago Gonzalez
PHI - GK-Zac MacMath; D-Raymon Gaddis, Aaron Wheeler, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams (Conor Casey 81'); M-Vincent Nogueira, Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu; F-Andrew Wenger, Fabinho (Antoine Hoppenot 61'), Danny Cruz (Cristian Maidana 66')
Subs not used: GK-Andre Blake; D-Austin Berry; M-Leo Fernandes; F-Sébastien Le Toux
MTL - Felipe 14'
PHI - Edu 2'
MTL - Ouimette 17'
MTL - Camara 37'
MTL - Brovsky 40'
PHI - Gaddis 84'