Impact earn 4th straight win at Saputo 2-0
With the humidex spiking over 40 C on the pitch, rookie Andrew Wenger may have been feeling the heat of replacing Marco Di Vaio as the Impact's top scoring threat, but late in the 1st half he made a cool play on a header off a corner kick.
Even though Nelson Rivas blew his stack in the 2nd half the Impact expanded their lead. Rivas was red-carded after a nasty head-butt on a Philadelphia Union player.
Felipe' scored what may have been the most remarkable goal of the season for Montreal, with a scissor-leg kick off a quick pass from Hassoun Camara.
"He's Brazilian...that shows you that coaches don't always know what they're talking about," Marsch said about Felipe's reluctance to be patient and then being rewarded for an impatient play.
Wenger's goal was only the 2nd all season on set peices for the Impact.
Montreal had to win to keep playoff hopes alive. That puts pressure to score on rookie Andrew Wenger, who we must realize does have more MLS goals than the great Italian veteran who insists he's done nothing wrong in Italy's match-fixing scandal.
Wenger now has 4 goals in 14 games (only 3 previous starts) while Di Vaio racked up 1 goal, 2 assists in 7 starts.
Montreal needs to build off it's most impressive win of the season against the New York Red Bulls to stay in the playoff chase.
Sanna Nyassi subbed in at the 60th minute. He created chances instantly but left veteran Davy Arnaud hopping mad in the 70th failing to deliver a pass when the captain had a wide open net.
Coach Jesse Marsch says Philadelphia "is a mirror of us" and the late goal by Wenger 1st half changed the nature of the game.
Marsch claims he did not have a good look at the Rivas head-butt incident and declined comment on MLS punishment that is likely.
"All competitive players have a moment...where they lose it...we don't want our guys to back down but it's gotta be done in a smart way."
"I'm certainly hopeful this is only a 1-game suspension because Nelson Rivas is an important guy for us."