The game in 100 words (or less): It’s a challenge to traverse Canada for a mid-week match in Montreal, and Vancouver looked sleepy for most of this one. Jack McInerney put the ‘Caps on the back foot early, and Montreal was able to overcome giving up a late penalty to pick up three points when Ignacio Piatti finished a chance with class. The Impact now have 11 points in 9 games, a better points-per-game than many of their Eastern Conference brethren. In the West’s second place now, Vancouver could be as low as fifth by the end of the weekend.
Three moments that mattered
14′ — Jack Mac cleans up a rebound, 1-0 Impact — Montreal’s American striker reaped the rewards of Laurent Ciman’s flashy rip off the crossbar, rocketing a second-chance ball into the Vancouver goal.
60′ — Romero’s cheeky chip tipped over by Ousted — The Impact almost doubled their lead when McInerney cut back to find Romero, who danced around a defender before truing to pop one over David Ousted, who kept his composure to tap the ball over the bar. Tip or tap… whatever!
83′ — Piatti restores order, 2-1 Impact — After Jordan Harvey won a PK that Pedro Morales converted with class, Montreal needed just four minutes to answer, as Romero had time to dribble and defer to Piatti, who’s too good to miss the opportunity.
Man of the match: Jack McInerney, Montreal Impact — Not a single player was standout for the duration, but Jack Mac’s fired goal and near set-up of a few others is enough to get our nod in a big 3-pointer for Montreal.
Montreal Impact: Bush, Oyongo, Lefevre, Ciman, Toia, Mallace, Bernier (Jackson-Hamel, 81′), Romero, Piatti, Alexander (Tissot, 63′), McInerney (Reo-Coker, 78′)
Goal: McInerney (14′), Piatti (83′)
Vancouver Whitecaps: Ousted; Parker, Waston, Rodriguez, Harvey, Laba, Teibert (Morales, 74′), Mezquida (Techera, 63′), Rosales (Rivero, 70′), Manneh, Mattocks
Goal: Morales (79′)