Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union | MLS Match Preview
MONTRÉAL IMPACT vs PHILADELPHIA UNION
STADE SAPUTO, Montréal, Qué.
May 25, 2013 (WEEK 13, MLS Game #113)
7 p.m. ET (TVA; CSN-Phi)
The Montréal Impact return to action with a vital game in the Eastern Conference race as they entertain Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening at Stade Saputo. The teams are separated by just two points in the East standings. The Impact have won their last two home matches, coming off a late 3-2 victory against Real Salt Lake two weekends ago. Union are coming off a 1-0 home win against Chicago, their second 1-0 win against the Fire in as many weekends.
REFEREE: Juan Guzman. AR1 (bench): Corey Rockwell; AR2 (opposite): Mark Cahen; 4th: Mathieu Bourdeau
MLS Career: 26 games; FC/gm: 25.3; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 8; pens: 5
DISABLED LIST: none
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: PHI: Conor Casey
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: PHI: Raymon Gaddis
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (2 meetings): Impact 1 win, 3 goals … Union 1 win, 2 goals … Ties 0
AT MONTRÉAL: Impact 1 win, 2 goals … Union 0 wins, 0 goals … Ties 0
RETURN MATCHES: 8/31: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m. ET; 10/19: Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union, 2 p.m. ET
LAST YEAR (MLS)
7/14: PHI 2, MTL 1 (Pajoy 82; Valdes 91+ -- own goal 89)
8/4: MTL 2, PHI 0 (Wenger 44; Martins 78)
- The teams split their two meetings in Montréal’s inaugural MLS season. The Impact won 2-0 at Stade Saputo last Aug. 4; Union won July 14 at PPL Park.
- Coaches record: John Hackworth vs. MTL: P2 W1 L1 T0 … Marco Schallibaum vs. PHI: first game
The Montréal Impact return to league play after a weekend off, their last MLS match a 3-2 victory against Real Salt Lake on May 11 at Stade Saputo. The Impact are in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference with 20 points from 10 matches.
- The game's opening goal came in the seventh minute when RSL defender Lovel Palmer hit a blast from well outside the box that took a nasty deflection off Impact defender Matteo Ferrari and caught goalkeeper Troy Perkins off guard as it looped past him.
- But the Impact scored the equalizer in the 39th minute. Justin Mapp sent in a low cross from right flank for Felipe, who slid and beat defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe to the ball before hooking it in.
- Real regained the lead in the 77th minute when shot from a corner kick by Kwame Watson-Siriboe was blocked, but fell right to Kyle Beckerman, who coolly slotted it home.
- Montreal leveled just three minutes later on the sixth goal of the season from Marco Di Vaio, who walked a fine line to stay onside and finish a chance created with a clever combination between defender Maxim Tissot and forward Andrew Wenger.
- The winner then came three minutes into stoppage time. A corner kick skipped through the RSL penalty box to a wide open Ferrari, who blasted a right-footed volley past RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando for his first career MLS goal.
- Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum made two changes to the team that fell 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. Maxim Tissot came in at fullback for Dennis Iapichino, and Marco Di Vaio came back into the side for Sanna Nyassi.
- MONTREAL IMPACT (4-1-3-2): Troy Perkins - Maxim Tissot, Matteo Ferrari, Hassoun Camara, Jeb Brovsky - Patrice Bernier - Justin Mapp (Sanna Nyassi 86), Felipe Martins (Collen Warner 88), Andres Romero (Blake Smith 73) - Andrew Wenger, Marco Di Vaio.
- While the Impact won for the first time since April 27 with the victory against Real Salt Lake, they did remain undefeated for the season in home matches, with four wins and a draw in league play.
- “Our schedule we’ve had over the last few weeks hasn’t been easy. We showed a desire to win. We have shown that we can play football, but we also have shown that we can play good football,” said Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum. “We had a bit of luck to score in the last minute, but we earned it as we didn’t give up until the last minute. I love this team and how they have developed the desire to win games and play with character.”
- Marco Di Vaio scored his fourth goals in the last five games, including in each of the last two matches, and now has six for the season, tied for second in the MLS Golden Boot standings.
- “We played two good games on the road, but were a little unfortunate to lose some points, so it was really important to win this game. It was a big win for us,” said Di Vaio. “We won a tough game against a good team and it was a character win for us. Sometimes you play a difficult match and need those character wins.”
- Making his first MLS start, at right back, Maxim Tissot played the full 90 minutes and recorded his first assist in league play. Tissot had made one previous appearance, coming on in the 88th minute April 14 vs. Columbus.
- “It’s good for my confidence, although it’s the second pass; I didn’t even know it existed in MLS, but that’s fine,” Tissot said. “That’s also how I play: Marco [Schällibaum] wants me to bring offense to the table. I think I have to improve defensively, but I make up for it with my offensive play.”
- Blake Smith also recorded his first MLS assist, making his fourth appearance for the Impact, all as a substitute.
- “I was fortunate enough for that one to go in,” said Smith. “I was just trying to put a good ball in and that’s all I can control. The guy at the other end of the ball is the one that has to put it in the net. Matteo did a great job.”
- Three days after their league victory, the Impact played to a scoreless draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship at Stade Saputo. The return match is set for May 29 at BC Place.
- Here’s the Impact team: Evan Bush; Jeb Brovsky, Matteo Ferrari, Hassoun Camara, Dennis Iapichino; Patrice Bernier, Collen Warner (Felipe 62'), Andrés Romero (Blake Smith 72'), Justin Mapp; Andrew Wenger (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 81'), Marco Di Vaio
- During the match, Impact defender Jeb Brovsky fractured his nose in six places, and underwent surgery following the match. While he was to be held out of training for a week, there is a chance he could be available for the Philadelphia match.
- “That’s Jeb,” said Schällibaum. “He’s a warrior. It’s impressive. That’s also why I love this team. His nose was here, [on his cheekbone]. You have to respect players like that, who give everything they have for their team.”
- Said Hassoun Camara: “He’s my hero. I mean, he strings games together regularly, and at a high level. I’m really proud to play with a player like him. With the mentality he instills in his partners, he’s an example.”
- As well, Felipe was not in the starting lineup for the Canadian Championship – having passed kidney stones following the RSL contest. “One hour after the game [against Real Salt Lake], I started to feel pain,” Felipe said. “It was really bad. I had to go to the hospital really fast. I’d never felt something like that.”
Philadelphia Union defeated the Chicago Fire by a 1-0 scoreline for the second time in eight days, defeating them this time at PPL Park on Saturday afternoon. Union sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 18 points from 12 matches.
- The game's only goal came after just three minutes. After a corner kick was partially cleared, it was sent back out wide to Sebastien Le Toux, who then delivered a perfect, low cross that found the head of a streaking Jack McInerney at the edge of the six-yard box at the far post.
- Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath finished with six saves to earn his second consecutive 1-0 shutout win against Chicago.
- Union team manager John Hackworth made one change to the team that lost 4-1 to the LA Galaxy at PPL Park. Michael Farfan came into the team, in place of Keon Daniel.
- PHILADELPHIA UNION (4-1-3-2): Zac MacMath - Sheanon Williams, Bakary Soumare, Amobi Okugo, Raymon Gaddis - Brian Carroll - Danny Cruz (Keon Daniel 64), Jose Kleberson (Conor Casey 71), Michael Farfan - Jack McInerney (Leo Fernandes 90), Sebastien Le Toux.
- Jack McInerney scored his league-leading eighth goal of the season, the second consecutive weekend Philadelphia defeated Chicago by the game’s only goal scored by McInerney.
- “Once we got off to a good start, if we get a zero in the back, we’re going to win the game,” McInerney said. “They had a couple of extra guys in the midfield, so either me or [Sebastien Le Toux] had to stay back, and lock out the [defensive midfield]. If that happened, we could control the game.”
- Making a second consecutive start in place of Conor Casey, Le Toux recorded his fourth assist of the season, and his second in three games.
- “There were some questions weeks ago about what role Seba would play for our team and I knew at that point that Seba was going to be really important on this team,” Union manager John Hackworth said. “You saw that tonight and you saw that [against the Los Angeles Galaxy]. His versatility and his work-rate are second to none and the fact that he can play different roles for us and provide those assists is great. I’m really happy for him.”
- Of Le Toux’s four assists, three have come on goals by McInerney, and all four have come in Union victories.
- “He just knows where to find me, really,” McInerney said. “He plays a lot of good balls in the box. His service was really good today. And his work-rate creates a lot of space for me. I think we’re both kind of similar where we’re pulling guys out wide and creating space for each other, and I think we combined very well today … Me and Seba kind of have that work-rate where he’s doing a lot of running and I’m trying to sit on top and wait for him to pick one off. Conor stays up top and battles the guys and lays balls off. Those are the differences."
- After conceding a career-high four goals at midweek, Zac MacMath recorded his second clean sheet in three matches in the Fire win, his third of the season.
- “I knew I was going to learn from it,” MacMath said. “I think I made a couple of plays [Saturday] that I saw from Wednesday night that I didn’t make. That’s the biggest difference in trying to learn and take those experiences and make good of them.” Said midfielder Brian Carroll: “Any time you can get two shutouts in this league, it’s a good week. The midweek game is not on Zac. It’s on all of us.”
- José Kléberson started his second consecutive match, his first two in MLS, again filling a central midfield role behind the front two. He took eight attempts at goal for the match.
- “I think he adds an attacking threat we’ve been needing,” fullback Sheanon Williams said. “He looks forward, which is good for us. And with Jack [McInerney] and [Sébastien Le Toux] making the runs they like to make, he’s a person that can play the ball into the right spots and give them a chance to run on and get forward. He’s given us a lot and we’re happy to have him.”