Montreal Impact 2, Columbus Crew SC 0 | 2016 MLS Match Recap

Camara scored –  that's Camara with a "C."

Montreal right back Hassoun Camara tallied at the start of the second half and teammate Kyle Bekker sealed the deal with three minutes remaining as the Impact (3-2-0, 9pts) used two headed goals on Saturday afternoon to move to the top of the Eastern Conference in Week 6 with a 2-0 victory over Crew SC. The visitors were held to just two shots on target, neither coming from last year's MLS co-leading scorer Kei Kamara, who remains stuck on one goal thus far this season after scoring 22 last year.

Crew SC, 2015 MLS Cup finalists, remained anchored to the bottom of the East and winless for the season (0-3-2, 2pts). 

Oh, and there was another Kamara on the Olympic Stadium field (which hosted its final scheduled MLS match for the season): Ola Kamara made his Crew SC debut, playing the final 20 minutes off the bench.

Box Score

Three Things

  1. MISMATCH: Camara's opening goal came on a corner-kick header during which he was matched up with his Crew SC right back counterpart, Harrison Afful. That was to Montreal's advantage: After featuring in the match (he gave way to Ambroise Oyongo in the 72nd minute), Camara is now tied for second in all-time appearances for the Impact (behind Patrice Bernier).
  2. CREW'S MISSED CHANCES: It took a while for Crew SC to adjust to the artificial surface at Olympic Stadium, and it arguably cost them on two scoring chances as the ball took a big hop on a Kei Kamara chance in the 14th minute and then it bounced up on Ethan Finlay, who had an open look at goal just before halftime. Both players missed the target. Crew SC's failure to score the first goal in the opening half proved costly, especially on Justin Meram's point-blank volley in the 37th minute.
  3. ARGENTINA REPRESENTIN': Impact captain Ignacio Piatti was arguably the best player on the field, while his compatriot Lucas Ontivero, who connected with Piatti on several occasions, was a standout for the Impact in the first half, including striking the post on a beautiful curling shot. But the story wasn't so great for Crew SC Argentine defender Gaston Sauro, who came out with an apparent hamstring injury and was replaced by Tyson Wahl.

Next up

  • MTL: Saturday, April 16 at Chicago Fire (5 pm ET, MLS Live)
  • CLB: Saturday, April 16 vs. New York City FC (7:30 pm ET, ESPN, MLS Live)
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