Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact | MLS Match Preview
HOUSTON DYNAMO vs MONTREAL IMPACT
BBVA COMPASS STADIUM, Houston, Texas
Oct. 4, 2013 (WEEK 32, MLS Game #290)
7:30 p.m. CT (CSN-Hou; TVA)
The Houston Dynamo and Montreal Impact meet in a massive match for both clubs in the Eastern Conference playoff chase as they clash Friday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo have righted the ship recently with a three-game unbeaten run, now sitting in fourth place in the East following their 1-1 road draw with New England last weekend. The Impact are just two points ahead of Houston, in third place in the division, now having gone three games without a win following their 2-2 draw at the Chicago Fire last weekend.
REFEREE: Drew Fischer. AR1 (bench): Claudio Badea; AR2 (opposite): Kevin Klinger; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal
MLS Career: 22 games; FC/gm: 25.5; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 2; pens: 6
DISABLED LIST: MTL: Adrian Lopez (season ending injury), Maximiliano Rodriguez
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: HOU: Andrew Driver, Boniek Garcia … MTL: Davy Arnaud, Hassoun Camara
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: HOU: Corey Ashe … MTL: Patrice Bernier, Jeb Brovsky, Matteo Ferrari, Marco Di Vaio
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (5 meetings): Dynamo 1 win, 6 goals … Impact 3 wins, 12 goals … Ties 1
AT HOUSTON (2 meetings): Dynamo 1 win, 4 goals … Impact 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 1
6/19: MTL 2, HOU 0 (Felipe 14; Di Vaio 32)
8/24: MTL 5, HOU 0 (Di Vaio 35, 70; Martins 37; Brovsky 58; Pisanu 91+)
- The teams are playing for the third time this season, and the Impact have won both without conceding a goal. In the last meeting, Montreal handed Houston its worst-ever defeat, a 5-0 win Aug. 24 at Stade Saputo behind two goals from Marco Di Vaio. First-half goals from Felipe and Di Vaio led the Impact to a 2-0 win June 19 at Stade Saputo.
- The Impact have won all three meetings all-time at Stade Saputo. The Dynamo have won one of the two meetings lifetime in Houston, with one draw.
- Coaches record: Marco Schallibaum vs. HOU: P2 W2 L0 T0 … Dominic Kinnear vs. MTL: P5 W1 L3 T1
LAST MEETING (MLS)
- The Impact took the lead in the 35th minute. Justin Mapp fed Marco Di Vaio, who danced around a defender before rocketing a shot past Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall into the upper corner.
- The lead was doubled just two minutes later. Mapp collected the ball before lofting a cross for Felipe who took a touch, then hit an unsaveable shot to the back post.
- It was 3-0 in the 58th minute when Hernan Bernardello hit an in-swinging corner which wasn’t cleared, and an onrushing Jeb Brovsky bundled home from almost on the goal line.
- In the 70th minute, Patrice Bernier and Di Vaio both beat the offside trap on a Felipe through pass, and Bernier laid the ball off for Di Vaio coolly complete his brace to make the lead 4-0.
- In stoppage time, Andrea Pisanu poked home a fifth goal on a one-on-one with Hall after put through by another piece of Felipe class.
- MONTREAL IMPACT (4-4-1-1): Troy Perkins - Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Jeb Brovsky - Justin Mapp (Andrea Pisanu 80), Hernan Bernardello (Davy Arnaud 73), Patrice Bernier, Andres Romero - Felipe Martins - Marco Di Vaio (Daniele Paponi 88).
- HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor (Eric Brunner 46), Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe - Andrew Driver (Jason Johnson 80), Boniek Garcia, Adam Moffat (Alexander Lopez 62), Brad Davis - Giles Barnes, Will Bruin.
The Houston Dynamo made it three games in a row without loss, coming back for a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. The Dynamo are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 44 points from 30 matches.
- The Revolution took the lead after 64 minutes. After the ball was funneled to Saer Sene on the right side of the penalty area, he collected a pass and then smashed home the opener with a rasping, sharp-angle drive.
- But the Dynamo were even 12 minutes later. Boniek Garcia collected a scuffed clearance and then slotted a wonderfully weighted ball to Will Bruin near the penalty spot, and he neatly thumped home a drive off the underside of the crossbar.
- Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made no changes to the team that rolled to a 5-1 win against Chivas USA at BBVA Compass Stadium.
- HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor, Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe - Boniek Garcia, Warren Creavalle (Cam Weaver 73), Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis (Jason Johnson 89) - Will Bruin, Giles Barnes.
- The Dynamo have taken seven of a possible nine points from their last three matches, since a four-game winless run. They now start a three-game homestand at BBVA Compass Stadium.
- “It’s all about the result. You could come in and play terrible and get a win, and it’s a beautiful win. So in the end, when you’re coming down here with the standings the way they are, it’s all about results. It’s not about managing. You’ve just got to play your hardest and if you get your chances, take advantage of them,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. “We have got four games left. They’re all against conference opponents, as I think most of the teams do. I think parity is definitely showing its face to the utmost this year and it’s probably going to come down to the last weekend.”
- Will Bruin scored his second goal in as many games, his first goal since Aug. 17. He also has an assist in the two-game stretch.
- Boniek Garcia set up the Dynamo goal; he has two goals and an assist in the last three games, his first points since Aug. 3 when he had two assists vs. Columbus.
- “Boniek and I made eye contact when he picked the ball up and he gave me a great ball, and I just turned and hit it. This time it went on the right side of the post as opposed to a few weeks ago. Hopefully we can build on it enough with our home games coming up,” Bruin said.
- A late tactical shift gave the Dynamo a share of the points, going with three in the back, dropping Giles Barnes into the midfield and putting Cam Weaver up top alongside Bruin.
- “We had to go a little bit in search of [the game-tying goal], because if you want to get something you have to go look for it,” said Kinnear. “At times during the game we were outnumbered and you’re just taking a chance putting another guy in a goal-scoring position. It’s a risk-reward move and luckily this time it rewarded us.”
- Said Bruin: “I thought when Cam came in he brought a spark and was able to challenge balls in the air and make it tough for the center back and create some room in the middle. The versatility we have on the fly is huge. It certainly helps us late in games.”
- Kinnear was able to keep his team the same for back-to-back league games, after having made seven changes for the CONCACAF Champions League match against Guatemalan side Heredia.
- “A lot of changes. Obviously, some guys pulled duty in every single game… we have a couple injuries right now that maybe we could have moved some guys in and out on Wednesday, but it wasn’t to be the case, so big pat in the back to some of those guys that played in all three games,” said Kinnear.
The Montreal Impact put an end to their two-game losing run, coming back for a late 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire on Saturday evening at Toyota Park. The Impact are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 46 points from 29 matches.
- The Impact opened the scoring in the 25th minute, when Davy Arnaud found Marco Di Vaio with a pinpoint pass after he maneuvered in between a pair of Fire defenders to slot home in the area.
- But the Fire drew even in the 57th minute when Alex received a pass from Chris Rolfe and took a shot, which was deflected to Mike Magee on the back post, and he easily tipped an effort past Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins from close range.
- In the 73rd minute, Perkins received a pass back, and as Magee charged toward him, the Fire striker stole the ball and pushed the ball into an open goal.
- The Fire had a glorious chance to put the game away in the 79th minute, but Magee clanked a penalty kick off the crossbar after Patrick Nyarko was taken down in the area by Perkins.
- The tying goal came in the 87th minute when Impact youngster Maxim Tissot scored his first professional goal when he headed a deflected clearance over Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and inside the far post.
- Impact head coach Marco Schallibaum made three changes to the team that fell 3-0 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Stade Saputo. Wandrille Lefevre came into central defense in place of Alessandro Nesta, and Collen Warner and Andrew Wenger started in place of Felipe Martins and Andres Romero.
- MONTREAL IMPACT (4-5-1): Troy Perkins - Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Wandrille Lefevre, Jeb Brovsky - Justin Mapp (Andres Romero 71), Patrice Bernier, Davy Arnaud, Collen Warner (Daniele Paponi 76), Andrew Wenger (Maxim Tissot 67) - Marco Di Vaio.
- The Impact were able to get a late equalizer to snap a two-game losing run ñ both losses coming at Stade Saputo – starting two-game road swing. Three of Montreal’s final five games will be on the road.
- “I think the first half was very perfect from my team on the defensive part and then we scored the goal which was very important for the first half,” said Impact head coach Marco Schallibaum. “… The second goal was a present from our part but we didn’t give up, and that’s important in football and in life to go and come back and try everything. It’s very important to have this point.”
- Said defender Jeb Brovsky: “The energy for sure is better and I think we’re a team with something to prove, not only to the fans and to the league but to ourselves that we belong in the playoffs and we belong in a high seed so we’re fortunate to come out with a point here and we’re looking for three next week.”
- Homegrown Player Maxim Tissot scored his first professional goal to give the Impact the share of the points. Tissot, nominally a left back, came on in a wide midfield role for the final quarter of the match.
- “I thought I was offside, so I looked at the official to confirm, and really, I didn’t really realize I’d scored. Even now, I haven’t realized it,” Tissot said. “… We reacted in the best way possible: scoring a goal. Maybe a month or two ago, they would have killed the game and we would have been done for tonight. But in the last few games, we’ve shown a lot more combativeness. And it showed late on.”
- Marco Di Vaio maintained his leadership in the MLS Golden Boot standings with his 19th goal of the season. He has scored eight goals over the last seven matches, since Aug. 17.
- Andrew Wenger made his first start in a league game since June 15, playing wide on the left of the Impact five-man midfield.
- Another Impact academy product, defender Wandrille Lefevre, made his first MLS start, playing the full match in central defense. He had made one previous league appearance, on April 27; he made three starts in the Canadian Championship and CONCACAF Champions League.
- Alessandro Nesta missed the Chicago match with an adductor strain, and while he has not been ruled out of the Houston match, Schallibaum was not optimistic.
- “Without Alessandro, we were a bit short in the middle of defense, but Wandrille has, from the start, made a lot of progress,” Schallibaum said. “He’s very solid mentally. His defensive play is tidy. He restarts the play. It’s good. I’m happy for him. He’s with us often [in the 18] but he hasn’t played a lot.”
- In addition, Hernan Bernardello is not expected to be available from an ankle sprain that has sidelined him for a month, despite returning to training. “We don’t want to take any chances in both cases because, in the end, a setback could hurt us all the way to the end of the season,” assistant coach Mauro Biello said. “We want to play it safe with these two important players.”