Impact 1, Red Bulls 0

Marco Di Vaio scored in the 14th minute and the Montreal Impact

beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 on Saturday to improve to 4-0.

New York (0-2-2) finished the match short a man after defender

Brandon Barklage was sent off for taking down Patrice Bernier at

the edge of the penalty area in the 74th minute.

The Red Bulls had a slight edge in ball possession, but the

Impact dominated the scoring chances and wasted a handful of

opportunities to pad the lead.

”We’re in a good way now in terms of results,” Impact captain

Davy Arnaud said. ”The performance was also better than last week

against Toronto (a 2-1 win in their home opener). … They had some

fresh legs coming in and were pushing guys forward, but we stayed

solid and ended the game well.”

A crowd of 26,259 saw Di Vaio whiff on a perfect setup from

Andres Romero, have a shot from the left side blocked by Luis

Robles and tip another ball just wide in the second half alone.

The Impact scored first for a fourth straight game in the 14th

when goalkeeper Troy Perkins sent a long ball up the middle that

was headed down to Bernier. The playmaker slipped a pass through

the New York defense to Di Vaio, who beat Robles to the left side

for his second goal of the season.

”This really stung,” Robles said. ”I felt like we did a lot

of things good, but sometimes that’s not good enough. ”We all know

it’s a long season, but we don’t want to be looking 10 or 15 games

in and thinking `OK, there’s more of the season left.’ It doesn’t

work that way.

”We wanted to do bring the game to Montreal. We were doing

that, but also give credit them credit. Montreal is very organized

and compact. There’s a reason they’re 4-0.”

The Red Bulls new signing from Paris St. Germain, Peguy

Luyindula, played his first game at forward and had his side’s best

chance of the first half. Heath Pearce’s attempt off Juninho’s free

kick was deflected by Perkins to the top of the box, where

Luyindula chipped it over the bar in the 38th minute. And Luyindula

was in front again in the second, but only got a touch on a feed

from the right side and was stopped by Perkins.

Thierry Henry wasn’t available for New York because of a knee

injury.

The Impact played their first two home games in Olympic Stadium

and will move outdoors to Saputo Stadium for an April 16 match with

Columbus.