The Houston Dynamo seems to be a good customer for the Montreal Impact whenever the Orange Crush comes to Stade Saputo. Last night's 3-0 win over Houston was a display of passion, grit and goal scoring ability for the bleu-blanc-noir. A brace by Jack McInerney and a goal by Marco Di Vaio puts the Impact back into the MLS playoff race, only 5 points back from 5th spot in the Eastern Conference and the New York Red Bulls.
Getting away from playing the counter at home, Montreal attacks Houston right out of the gate and gets the most dangerous scoring chances, suffocating the midfield thanks to an excellent performance by captain Patrice Bernier. The pressure yielded results when Eric Miller's cross finds McInerney's head, who masterfully deflects it with his head, past Tally Hall.
After the break, Montreal picked up where it left off and continued to press the Dynamo while taking advantage of Troy Perkins' saves and the goalpost. At the 75th minute, McInerney scores his second goal of the game off a Justin Mapp cross who dribbles past Corey Ashe. "Jack Mac" half-volleys a shot out of nowhere and scores an astonishing goal. Di Vaio scores a few minutes later and adds his stamp of approval on a definitive 3-0 win over Houston.
Klopas was satisfied with his team's performances and praises the commitment but most importantly the attitude. That attitude is giving wings to the Impact as it comes back from the World Cup break with 4 points out of 6. The club will face Chivas USA next Saturday, at the Stub Hub Center in California as it tries to win its first road game in 2014.
MTL - GK-Troy Perkins; D-Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Heath Pearce, Eric Miller; M-Gorka Larrea (Marco Di Vaio 45'), Patrice Bernier, Andrés Romero, Felipe, Maxim Tissot (Justin Mapp 60'); F-Jack McInerney (Calum Mallace 86')
Subs not used: GK-Evan Bush; D-Futty Danso, Karl W. Ouimette; F-Santiago Gonzalez
HOU- GK-Tally Hall; D-Kofi Sarkodie, AJ Cochran, Jermaine Taylor (Eric Brunner 45'), Corey Ashe; M-Boniek Garcia, Warren Creavalle (Ricardo Clark 74'); Giles Barnes, Andrew Driver; F-Will Bruin, Omar Cummings (Brian Ownby 59')
Subs not used: GK-Tyler Deric; M-Servando Carrasco, Alexander Lopez; F-Fabian Johnson
MTL - McInerney (Miller) 41'
MTL - McInerney (Mapp) 75'
MTL - Di Vaio 79'
HOU - Cochran 16'
MTL - Tissot 22'
HOU - Bruin 52'