Bernier wins MVP, but Impact lose 1-0 in MLS farewell
Patrice Bernier has won the Montreal Impact's MVP award in their inaugural MLS Season. Bernier was presented the trophy before first kick by Impact owner Joey Saputo.
"I'm appreciative of the kind of men that are in that locker room and ...there's a bright future for this group," said Coach Jesse Marsch live on the CJAD Postgame Show.
Perhaps starved for any live action at his own building, Geoff Molson the Canadiens owner was at the Impact game. Molson is a friend of longtime Habs' season ticket holder Saputo, who was outbid when the Habs were up for sale.
Montreal controlled the pace of play and led in time of posession at 67% but failed to score in the first half. Di Vaio was frequently frustrated with calls or non-calls by the officials.
Keeper Troy Perkins made a great stop angling out from his left post to stop New England's Cardenas from point-blank range. The Revolution actually had 5 attempts at goal to only 3 for Montreal.
The Impact make history this afternoon. A win or draw moves them into top spot among MLS Canadian teams, though a 13th win would still leave them 8 points shy of an Eastern playoff berth.
Impact fans rewarded the club with the 2nd best attendence in MLS, closing out with 19, 988 for the last game of regular season. The Impact will get a few days off, then prepare for an Italian tour this fall for team-bonding.
The Impact have already surpassed the point totals from the debut seasons of the Whitecaps and TFC. This year Vancouver has 42 points, Toronto just 23.
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