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
The Impact played their first two home games in Olympic Stadium
and will move outdoors to Saputo Stadium for an April 16 match with