On the road to redemption, the Montreal Impact gets an important win that will hopefully give the club a much-needed boost. Marco Di Vaio finds his scoring touch early in the game in a hard fought match against a tenacious adversary.The visiting team, with only 14 players that made the trip, played with heart and determination pushed by a few hundred Salvadorans fans present at Stade Saputo.
Taking advantage of a sluggish Impact team early in the half, CD FAS had a few looks at Evan Bush's goal. But an opportunistic Di Vaio taps in an easy header thanks to a precise pass from Felipe. It was not the first attempt on CD FAS' goal but the goalkeeper, Luis Contreras, was on top of his game as he made a couple of key saves against Andres Romero.
For most of the game, the Impact dominated ball possession, scoring chances and shots on goal as expected for a MLS squad playing the El Salvador representative in CONCACAF Champions League.
Dilly Duka played his first game as a starter and played 63 minutes and was replaced by Patrice Bernier. The offensive midfielder seemed more confident wearing the bleu-blanc-noir in a #10 position behind Di Vaio but with no definitive major impact on the game.
The rest of the game was to the advantage of the home team with a few close scoring chances only to be saved by Contreras. At the 75th minute, Hassoun Camara was shown the red card for a dangerous tackle, putting his team down one man for the rest of the game.
C.D. Fas was not able to capitalize on the numerical advantage as Evan Bush gets a clean sheet for the Impact's 6th win in CCL since 2008.
In two weeks time, Montreal travels to El Salvador to face C.D. FAS but has two important MLS games before and it already starts this weekend. Montreal goes to Philadelphia to face the Union.
MTL – GK-Evan Bush; D-Karl W. Ouimette, Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Krzysztof Krol; M-Gorka Larrea, Felipe (Wandrille Lefèvre 78’), Andrés Romero, Dilly Duka (Patrice Bernier 63’), Justin Mapp (Maxim Tissot 69’); F-Marco Di Vaio
Subs not used: GK-Troy Perkins; M-Issey Nakajima-Farran; F-Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Jack McInerney
FAS – GK-Luis Contreras; Xavi Garcia, Raul Renderos, Jorge Moran (Dony Valle 78’), Marcio Teruel (Jonathan Joya 62’), Alex Mendoza, Juan Carlos Moscoso, Carlos Aparicio, Elder Figueroa, Lester Blanco, Gonzalo Mazzia
Subs not used: Carlos Carrillo
MTL – Di Vaio (Felipe) 21’
MTL – Larrea 30’
FAS – Blanco 43’
MTL – Krol 53’
MTL – Di Vaio 77’
FAS – Mendoza 77’
MTL – Camara 72’