It was a first for many actors involved in the 2-2 tie between the Montreal Impact and the Chicago Fire.
It was the beginning of the Bastian Schweinsteiger era in Chicago with the German midfielder scoring the first goal of the game, using his head literally and figuratively.
On the opposite end, Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla was starting his first MLS game in his young career and was a few minutes away from being credited with the game winning goal.
Solignac would crush the Impact's hope with a last minute game tying goal. In between, Matteo Mancosu gave Montreal a 2-1 leads thanks to an excellent cross for newcomer Chris Duvall, the de facto right back.
With Chicago dominating the game possession wise and in scoring chances, Montreal stood tall and did not totally bunker down. With the absence of Ciman, Piatti and Oyongo, Montreal actually did quite well.
As per regrets, Mauro Biello would have hoped for this team to get an important first win of the season, before facing the LA Galaxy in California next week.
CHI – GK-Jorge Bava; D-Michael Harrington, Jonathan Campbell, João Meira, Brandon Vincent; M-Juninho, Dax McCarty, Bastian Schwinsteiger; F-Arturo Álvarez (Michael de Leeuw 65’, Daniel Johnson 79’), Nemanja Nikolic (Luis Solignac 75’), David Accam
Subs not used – GK-Matt Lampson; D-Patrick Doody; M-Brandt Bronico, Daniel Johnson, Djordje Mihailovic
MTL – GK-Evan Bush; D-Chris Duvall, Víctor Cabrera, Hassoun Camara, Daniel Lovitz; M-Dominic Oduro (Wandrille Lefèvre 83’), Adrián Arregui (Patrice Bernier 62’), Marco Donadel (Michael Salazar 74’), Hernán Bernardello, Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla; F-Matteo Mancosu
Subs not used – GK-Maxime Crépeau; D-Ambroise Oyongo; M-Calum Mallace; F-Anthony Jackson-Hamel
CHI – Schweinsteiger (Accam, Juninho) 17’
MTL – Mancosu (Duvall) 61’
MTL – Tabla (Bernier) 90’
CHI – Solignac (McCarty) 90’ + 3’
CHI – Juninho 41’
MTL – Duvall 57’
MTL – Arregui 60’
MTL – Cabrera 76’
MTL – Lovitz 78’
CHI – Juninho 71’
MTL – Cabrera 80