High Point, North Carolina – The Montreal Impact won a very important game by the score of 2-1 against the Carolina Dynamo. The game was played at the A.J. Simeon Stadium in front of a crowd of 3,847 fans.
With this win, the Montreal club is now in first place in the A-League along with the Hershey Wildcats. Both teams have 49 points, but the Impact has two games in hand.
Montreal’s players also put an end to the winning streak of the Dynamo who won its last nine games. “We are a team with a lot of character! After our two losses against Long Island, we knew we had to win this one and that it wouldn’t be easy. We are missing some of our regular players and the Dynamo is the hottest team in the league right now. It is a good sign to win under this conditions especially when you are getting close to the play_offs,” said Impact’s head coach Valerio Gazzola few minutes after the game.
The Impact played the game without Nick DeSantis, Carl Fletcher, Lyndon Hooper and Mauro Biello. The four players are in Toronto with the Canadian National Team who will face Iran in an exhibition game this afternoon at Varsity Stadium.
Darko Kolic scored the first goal at the 18th minute after a nice pass by Bill Sedgewick that deflected on Lloyd Barker. Then at the 25 th minute, the Carolina team offered a nice gift to the Impact. Indeed, Mark Kelly of the Dynamo made a perfect pass in front of his own net to…Darren Tilley. The English player didn’t waste any time and scored his ninth of the season. It was 2-0 for Montreal.
After this goal by Tilley, the Dynamo got some good opportunities during the end of the first half but did not scored.
Mike Saunders scored for the Dynamo in the beginning of the second half with a strong shot that beat Paolo Ceccarelli. Saunders and Nevio Pizzolitto of the Impact were ejected of the game at the 73 rd minute for trading elbows in front of the referee at midfield.
The defensive play of the game was made by Impact’s captain John Limniatis. “Limo” stopped a dangerous shot from John Ball after Ceccarelli was caught out of position at the 86 th minute. Ceccarelli made the final key save with less than two seconds to play against Eddy Radwanski.
The Impact will play next Wednesday (7:30 pm) at the Claude-Robillard Stadium against the Connecticut Wolves.