Vancouver gives Montreal harsh welcome
Sebastien Le Toux and Camilo scored and the Vancouver Whitecaps spoiled the Montreal Impact's Major League Soccer debut with a 2-0 victory Saturday.
Le Toux scored early in the first half, and Camilo connected 9 minutes into the second in front of a sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium.
''If you wrote it up any way you wanted, you would definitely want an early goal, not only in one half but in two halves,'' Rennie said. ''(Le Toux's goal) definitely settles the nerves, because Montreal started the first few minutes well, and then we caught them on the other end. So it was a welcome goal - and definitely a big part of the win.''
The Whitecaps, opening their second season in the league after finishing last overall last year, got the strong start they were looking for under new coach Martin Rennie.
Le Toux, who had 25 goals and 20 assists in the past two seasons with Philadelphia, opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Fellow Frenchman Hassli headed the ball forward, then took it off former Italian national team defender Matteo Ferrari and rolled a low shot past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
''The disappointing part is that it happened so quickly into the game,'' Montreal coach Jesse Marsch said. ''We don't even give ourselves a chance for the game to settle in, and we're already down 1-0.''