DC United stay undefeated against the Montreal Impact at RFK stadium, after a 1-0 win for both clubs MLS season opener. Evan Bush's blunder has seemingly cost the Impact any chance to get at least one point but the Bleu-Blanc-Noir had enough scoring chances to regret the loss.
Bad news: Justin Mapp , who had just been stopped by Bill Hamid in the box, was injured as he seemingly injured his elbow. This would be a big loss for the Impact if Mapp would miss a big chunk of the MLS season.
DCU - Arrieta (Rolfe, Arnaud) 58'
MTL - GK-Evan Bush; D-Hassoun Camara, Bakary Soumare, Laurent Ciman, Donny Toia; M-Nigel Reo-Coker, Calum Mallace, Justin Mapp (Dominic Oduro 86'), Ignacio Piatti (Eric Alexander 76'), Dilly Duka; F-Jack McInerney (Cameron Porter 71')
Subs not used: G-Eric Kronberg; D-Maxim Tissot, Victor Cabrera; M-Patrice Bernier
DCU - GK-Bill Hamid; D-Chris Korb, Bobby Boswell, Steve Birnbaum, Sean Franklin; M-Chris Rolfe (Miguel Aguilar 77'), Perry Kitchen, Davy Arnaud, Nick DeLeon; F-Jairo Arrieta (Michael Farfan 90'), Chris Pontius (Conor Doyle 66')
Subs not used: GK-Andrew Dykstra; D-Kofi Opare, Luke Mishu; M-Jared Jeffrey
Montreal Impact Head Coach Frank Klopas
Overall Assessment of the Game
We tried to create 2v1 situations. To be fair I think we had some very good chances. It was unlucky because it was a soft goal. And you know a fairer result probably would have been a 0-0 game, but it's a long season so... The effort of the guys was very good especially the guys who came in at the end and the subs who gave a lot of energy to the team. We pushed and we had some very good chances, but not every game is going to be like the Pachuca game.
On what happened on the goal?
We got caught going forward and we lost the ball. I think David played a very good ball early, you know, and I think at that point we should have dropped as a team and we didn't. And they played a ball to Arrieta and it's just a miscommunication at that point. The goalie comes out, he doesn't get it and we give up the goal... That's gonna happen so you know we just got to regroup and move forward and now we're just thinking about Justin and hoping he gets healthy."
On the challenge keeping these guys motivated over the next two weeks?
I think we should stay focused clearly on that [the next MLS match]. They'll have a few days off to recover after preseason and this and in the meantime we can just hope they can get healthy over this break.
They fell good, they won. No?" [laughter]
No they played good. It was the home opener for them and it was good for them to get the win. As far as soccer being played, the field conditions were not great which didn't help."
Dilly Duka (Montreal Impact #11)
On how the scoring play develop?
I'll have to look at it again, but from what I remember it was a good through ball and they caught our keeper out and from my angle it looked like they had an open goal."
On thoughts about Justin Mapp
I mean yeah, I hope it's not too serious. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I hope its not too serious because we have a long season ahead of us and we're gonna need him."
On lacking transition plays
I think we're a very good counter attacking team with pace on the wings and guys who can thread balls, but DC just came back with a very good ball and capped it off and got the game from us