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MLS Game Summary - Toronto at Montreal



(Saturday, April 7, 2012)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Montreal 2, Toronto 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - The Montreal Impact claimed their first win in Major League Soccer by defeating rivals Toronto FC, 2-1, at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday in the first edition of the Canadian Classic.

Montreal's poor start to the season saw head coach Jesse Marsch shuffle the lineup for Saturday's match, offering Sinisa Ubiparipovic his first minutes of the year. The midfielder rewarded Marsch's faith with the opening goal of the game. Rookie Andrew Wenger provided what proved to be the game-winning strike nine minutes from time as Danny Koevermans pulled back a consolation goal for Toronto in the dying minutes.

Ubiparipovic bagged his first goal of the season with a classy finish in the 18th minute. A turnover from the Toronto midfield was collected by Lamar Neagle and promptly distributed to Ubiparipovic, who curled a low shot from the top of the box that sailed just past the outstretched hand of Milos Kocic.

Toronto's hill became a mountain to climb in the second half when Logan Emory was given a straight card for denying Sanna Nyassi a scoring opportunity. The Impact striker was through on goal but Emory halted the advance with a barging challenge that sent Nyassi to ground just outside the box.

Nyassi's ensuing free kick looked destined for the upper corner, but his effort was foiled by a superb stop from Kocic.

Montreal did go on to seal the win with another goal as Wenger made the most of his appearance as a substitute to score in the 81st minute.

The first overall pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft latched on to a long ball over the top, cut the ball back inside the box and slotted a shot past Kocic for his first career professional goal.

Toronto got on the score sheet in the 88th minute to make for a nervy finish for the Impact. Reggie Lambe sent a pinpoint cross into the box and Koevermans displayed his predatory instincts by nodding the delivery past Ricketts for his first goal of the season.

The Impact held on though, claiming three points from a match for the first time since joining MLS.

The only downside to the memorable win was the fact that Montreal (1-4-1) was unable to keep a clean sheet. The Impact have conceded at least one goal in every MLS match this season, leaking a total of 12 goals at the back. They will look for a shutout in their next outing when they head to Texas to face FC Dallas on April 14.

Toronto (0-4-0) is not only without a win, but is still searching for its first point this season. Aron Winter's men will try to reverse their fortunes next Saturday when they host Chivas USA at BMO Field.

04/07 14:21:25 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
EDM 2
CAR 2
 
Final
SFG 2
KAN 3
 
Final
ORL 92
DAL 117
Final
TOR 83
NYK 80
Final
MEM 98
MIA 104
Final
CHI 112
MIN 113
Final
HOU 96
SAN 87
4th
UTA 96
PHO 101
 
3rd
LAL 53
SAC 51
 
2nd
GSW 50
DEN 39
 
2nd
LAC 36
POR 51
 
Final
CIN 34
SFLA 17
Final
SALABAMA 27
TROY 13
 
3rd
BSU 48
BYU 23
 
2nd
CAL 14
OREG 24
 
Final
NJD 2
DAL 3
Final
WIN 2
TAM 4
3rd
COL 6
VAN 3
 
3rd
EDM 2
CAR 2
 
2nd
ANA 3
CLB 1