Impact remain perfect at new MLS home; rout Dynamo
Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Impact continue to thrive at the improved Stade Saputo as Montreal used a strong second half en route to a 4-2 dismantling of the Houston Dynamo Saturday night to remain perfect at its new home.
Hassoun Camara scored the winning goal in the 60th for Montreal, which has scored eight goals in two games at Saputo.
Montreal, coming off a long midweek trip to the West Coast, where they succumbed to Chivas USA 2-1, got on board courtesy of Sanna Nyassi off a feed from Felipe Martins in 4th minute of a frantic first half.
In the 16th, Houston’s Brad Davis scored the equalizer but the host Impact pulled back ahead five minutes after, with captain Davy Arnaud heading a Justin Mapp pass into the net.
A harsh welcome had been anticipated for the former Impact Brian Ching, who had indicated his desire to finish his career in Houston after the Quebec club tried to pry him from Houston with its first pick in last November’s Expansion Draft.
After some talks and a conditional draft pick later, Ching was back as the Dynamo captain and in Orange uniform, capping one of the offseason storylines.
On Saturday, the hearts of Montrealers briefly shattered when the former Impact Ching’s through ball helped Houston level the score at 2-all before halftime.
It was the third assist of the season for 11-year veteran Ching, who set up Will Bruin’s shot in the 45th past a sliding Montreal netminder Donovan Ricketts.
Energized by the home crowd supporters and a new stadium, Montreal remained aggressive as it came back from the locker room. The Impact outshot Houston 8-0 in the second 45 minutes and tallied two decisive goals.
Camara shattered the deadlock with the eventual game-winner when he deposited Arnaud’s nifty pass from close range to the top left corner before Bernier added the insurance goal.
Bernier doubled the lead in 67th, when he converted a penalty with right footed volley to the bottom right corner.
The Impact is expected to renew the magic of Stade Saputo Wednesday as the welcome newly inked striker Marco Di Viao in their clash with Toronto FC.
The Dynamo will welcome the Philadelphia Union next Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium, where they remain undefeated in league play.