Impact reopen Saputo Stadium with 4-1 win, Ferrari breaks down
Call it Fortress Saputo.
Sporting Director Nick De Santis told CJAD before the game Saputo Stadium has to become the Impact's "fortress" and the players seemed to be listening.
South Shore native Patrice Bernier flourished in the 3-in-the-middle formation setting up 3 of the 4 Impact goals.
Felipe' won Montreal a lead but the club lost defender Matteo Ferrari in the 1st half. It could have cost them.
Ferrari appeared to suffer a quad injury, and his sore upper leg will keep him out of action for the 2nd half.
Justin Mapp scored on a beautiful effort after a long lead pass from Bernier early in the 2nd half to extend Montreal's lead to 2-0. He drove up the left side then cut in to the middle of the area before blasting a shot to the bottom left corner.
Andrew Wenger was fed by Bernier again to extend to the lead to 3-0 before Eddy Johnson broke Donovan Ricketts' shutout bid. Bernier controlled then flicked it through 2 Seattle defenders to spring the rookie.
Lamar Neagle subbed in later in the 2nd half and scored the 4th goal from 4 different scorers for the Impact.
Impact president Joey Saputo got his hands dirty in the final hours before the reopening of the stadium that bears the family name. Saputo was working with pliers in hand (borrowed from CJAD technical crew) as he climbed up a tent to tweak something inside the dining area.
On the pitch Marco Di Vaio was the first to hit the real grass surface for Montreal, going through basic drills with Impact coach Mauro Biello.
Impact sporting director Nick De Santis says DiVaio should be ready for game action against Toronto FC June 27th.