Chris Wondolowski broke his mini-scoring slump and extended his lead in Major League Soccer’s scoring chase, but the story out of Stade Saputo on Saturday was the result and the significance:
It can’t be seen as a major upset, but any win for an expansion team over one of the current MLS Cup favorites qualifies as compelling. Furthermore, Montreal’s 3-1 win over San Jose deposits the expansion team from Canada temporarily into the fifth and final playoff spot in the East.
D.C. United plays this afternoon (5 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network), and any points will move the Black and Red back on top of Montreal.
But never mind that for now, because Jesse Marsch’s Impact are playing wonderfully at the moment, as evidenced by last night’s achievement at Stade Saputo, which has quickly become a tough place for visitors to collect points. Montreal is 7-2-0 there.
Marsch’s men have won four in a row and five of their last six. Last night’s result was as impressive as any, coming against the current Supporters Shield leaders. Marsch even called it his team’s best performance to date.
There was Steven Lenhart drama. Of course, when is there not Steven Lenhart drama? An agitator extraordinaire, if the San Jose striker is around, a booking for someone is never far away. Last night he swung a menacing arm early, connecting with Impact defender Hassoun Camara. Camara retaliated and both players were rightly shown red.
Montreal’s Lamar Neagle was big in this one, setting up the first goal and scoring a second. And Patrice Bernier (pictured) continues to be an important, underrated element in the Impact midfield. The veteran Canadian’s tight footwork on the Impact’s second goal was sensational.
Watch the highlights here: