After an epic 1-0 win over DC United on the road, the Impact was coming back home with a suitcase full of confidence and aspirations.
Cheered on by 17K+ fans at Stade Saputo, Montreal faved a familiar Eastern Conference foe in the Columbus Crew.
After a disastrous first half , as Meram scored 2 goals caused by both his genius and avoidable defensive mistakes, Montreal started a comeback to tie the game 2-2.
Goals from Ignacio Piatti and Anthony Jackson-Jamel seemed to be enough to get a tie or even more.
But in stoppage time, Meram leads a 3v2 counter attack to score his hat trick and send the Impact packing home with zero points.
- Columbus : A team that is a true testament to its tactical and spiritual leader, Gregg Berhalter. With technical players in each line and strong cohesion thanks to tactical discipline, the Crew should become a true reference in how the beautiful game should be played in MLS.
- Dzemaili : The swiss international had a timid start in the first half but was obviously showing his qualities throughout the 90 minutes. As time is needed to fully integrate him in a squad that is looking for its identity, his offensive instincts are apparent and will be key throughout the season.
One thing for sure, the swiss midfielder has already quadrupled the team's capacity in being more dangerous on direct free kicks and long range shots.