Victory is back in the Montreal Impact's vocabulary as the bleu-blanc-noir break a 7-game losing streak after a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire. Frank Klopas got his revenge on his old club, Ignacio Piatti made his MLS debut and Marco Di Vaio scores a '' Di-Vaiesque'' goal.
It was not the most entertaining of games as 17,132 fans made their way to Stade Saputo, on a rainy Saturday evening. Both teams looked sluggish with the Chicago Fire suffocating the Impact's offensive players while going on quick breaks on the left side and favoring long balls.
Piatti's first game in MLS will probably not be his best game but showed some interesting things as he tried to combine with his new work colleagues. Playing mostly on the left side, the Argentinean designated player showed poise and technique while trying to adapt to the physical MLS style of play, at least the Fire's style of play on that night.
He was subbed off early in the second half by another Argentinean, Andres Romero, who has had a great season under Frank Klopas. He made himself useful when he took a beautiful through ball from Felipe, who replaced Bernier between both halves, and saw his shot saved by Sean Johnson.
But it was another substitute that made the difference, who has been hot off late coming off the bench. Maxim Tissot came in at the 73rd minute for Justin Mapp and delivered a precise through ball to Eric Miller, the left back for the evening. Miller dribbled his way into the box and with some luck , and bad defending from Chicago, finds Di Vaio alone and unmarked.
At the 84th minute, Di Vaio scores his 5th goal of the season with confidence and gives joy to his teammates, club and fans alike. Klopas praised the young players of the squad who have stepped in this difficult season, including Wandrille Lefevre who has found a home as CB alongside Matteo Ferrari.
The Montreal Impact play C.D. Fas in El Salvador on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Champions League and will travel to NYC to face the New York Red Bulls over the weekend in MLS action.
MTL - Bush; Camara, Ferrari, Lefèvre, Miller; Larrea, Bernier (45' Felipe), Piatti (54' Romero), Duka, Mapp (73' Tissot); Di Vaio
Subs: Perkins, McInerney, Ouimette, Jackson-Hamel
CHI - Johnson; Palmer, Hurtado, Ianni, Cochrane; Alex (61' Amarikwa), Watson, Larentowicz, Shipp (68' Nyassi); Cocis, Magee
Subs: Reynish, Soumare, Ward, Pause, Joya
MTL - 84' Di Vaio
CHI - 24' Ianni
MTL - 70' Larrea