Impact cling to upset win 1-0, Sounders winless in Seattle
Impact captain Davy Arnaud scored the Impact's franchise 1st goal in MLS and now he's scored the first goal of Y2MLS, getting MarcoSchallibaum a victory in his North American coaching debut.
Arnaud fired a beautiful shot over the leaping Sounders' keeper Michael Gspurning just under the crossbar at the 35'. Felipe' set up the goal with a clever and creative pass.
Arnaud would hit the crossbar on a chance in close for a 2nd Half insurance goal, instead pounding the turf in frustration down on his hands and knees.
Impact keeper Troy Perkins, shaken up early in the game after a collision with teammate Matteo Ferrari, won some luck of his own posts in the 2nd Half.
Sounders sniper Eddy Johnson drilled a chance off the crossbar, minutes after Perkins watched another shot caromb off the goalpost and stay out.
The Impact faced a tough test facing the Sounders' repeated assault of set plays and their rabid sea of green---almost 40,000 in the rain at CenturyLink Stadium (also the home of the NFL's Seahawks.)
The Sounders racked up a 7-0 advantage in corners and 12-2 lead in open play crosses during the 1st Half.
The Impact improved their record to 2-0 record vs. Seattle (winning in 2012 4-1 win at Saputo Stadium).
Montreal won only 2 road games in 17 tries under coach Jesse Marsch last year. Now they could match that total by the time they return for the Home Opener at Olympic Stadium March 16 (3:30PM Pregame Show LIVE on CJAD 800.)