MTLvHOU 8-24-2013

Montreal Impact vs. Houston Dynamo | MLS Match Preview

STADE SAPUTO, Montréal, Que.
August 24, 2013 (WEEK 26, MLS Game #234) 7 p.m. ET (TSN2/RDS; FSN-Hou2)

The Montréal Impact and Houston Dynamo will meet a crucial match for the Eastern Conference playoff picture as the clubs clash Saturday evening at Stade Saputo. The Impact ended a brief losing skid last time out, now sitting in a tie for third place in the East, just a point out of the top spot, following a 2-1 home win vs. D.C. United. The Dynamo are holding onto fifth place and the final postseason berth following their 3-1 home win vs. Seattle Sounders FC last week.


REFEREE: Hilario Grajeda. AR1 (bench): Bill Dittmar; AR2 (opposite): Corey Parker; 4th: Mathieu Bourdeau
MLS Career: 92 games; FC/gm: 24.2; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 15; pens: 13

SUSPENDED: MTL: Marco Schallibaum (head coach; through Sept. 1)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: MTL: Patrice Bernier, Matteo Ferrari … HOU: Boniek Garcia
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: MTL: Hassoun Camara, Felipe Martins, Jeb Brovsky, Davy Arnaud, Marco Di Vaio … HOU: Andrew Driver, Corey Ashe

ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Impact 2 wins, 7 goals … Dynamo 1 win, 6 goals … Ties 1
AT MONTREAL (2 meetings): Impact 2 wins, 6 goals … Dynamo 0 wins, 2 goals … Ties 0
FUTURE MATCH: 10/4: Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m. CT

  • The teams are playing for the second time this season. First-half goals from Felipe and Marco Di Vaio led the Impact to a 2-0 win June 19 at Stade Saputo.
  • The Impact have won both 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: P1 W1 L0 T0 … Dominic Kinnear vs. MTL: P4 W1 L2 T1

6/19: MTL 2, HOU 0 (Felipe 14; Di Vaio 32)

  • The Impact took the lead after 14 minutes. A wonderful through ball from Patrice Bernier beat the Dynamo's offside trap and found Felipe racing into the area, and he finished by poking the ball between Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall’s legs.
  • The Dynamo had a glorious chance to level the score eight minutes later. Matteo Ferrari clipped Dynamo striker Will Bruin in the Montreal box, leading referee Chris Penso to point to the spot. Giles Barnes stepped up to take the penalty, but he skied his attempt into the East Stand.
  • The Impact then doubled the lead in the 32nd minute. Corey Ashe weighed his back pass from midfield wrong and it turned into an assist for Marco Di Vaio, who raced to the ball and then in on goal before lobbing Hall with stunning composure.
  • MONTREAL IMPACT (4-1-3-2): Troy Perkins - Jeb Brovsky, Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Hassoun Camara - Patrice Bernier - Sanna Nyassi, Felipe Martins, Andrea Pisanu (Andres Romero 65) - Marco Di Vaio (Collen Warner 88), Daniele Paponi (Andrew Wenger 73).
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor, Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe - Warren Creavalle (Brian Ching 78), Adam Moffat (Omar Cummings 69), Ricardo Clark (Luiz Camargo 87), Andrew Driver - Giles Barnes, Will Bruin.

The Montréal Impact put an end to their losing skid after two matches, coming back for a 2-1 win against D.C. United on Saturday evening at Stade Saputo. The Impact are in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference with 38 points from 23 matches.


  • Montreal took the lead in the 43rd minute. Justin Mapp crossed low to the penalty spot from the right flank, and Felipe's dummy fooled United’s center backs, leaving the ball for Marco Di Vaio to curl a right-footed strike into the top corner of Bill Hamid’s net.
  • United drew level in the 81st minute when Conor Doyle pounced on a Luis Silva through ball on the outside left and beat Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins at the far post.
  • But the home side were back in front two minutes later. Patrice Bernier fed Di Vaio on the right of United’s penalty area and he once again curled a beauty past a powerless Hamid.
  • Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum made three changes to the team that fell 2-1 to the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. Andres Romero, Felipe Martins and Marco Di Vaio all came back into the team in place of Davy Arnaud, Sanna Nyassi and Daniele Paponi.
  • MONTREAL IMPACT (4-4-1-1): Troy Perkins - Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Jeb Brovsky - Andres Romero, Patrice Bernier, Hernan Bernardello (Collen Warner 72), Justin Mapp - Felipe Martins (Sanna Nyassi 82) - Marco Di Vaio (Daniele Paponi 90).


  • While the Impact put an end to a two-game losing slide, they did win for a second consecutive match at Stade Saputo and are now undefeated in their last four home games.
  • Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum will be suspended for a fourth match this season, banned from the touchline for the Houston match after being dismissed following an altercation with United head coach Ben Olsen, who was also dismissed.
  • “I feel better now because [the players] have accepted my apology,” Schällibaum said. “Again, I’m not perfect, just like everyone else. I’m also a human being with emotions, strong and less strong. The issue has been settled. I know that I made a mistake, and when you apologize, it comes from the heart. I’d rather it never happened again.”
  • Marco Di Vaio scored his first goals since July 3, netting both goals against D.C. Di Vaio is now third in the MLS Golden Boot standings with 13 goals, one behind Chicago’s Mike Magee and Vancouver’s Camilo Sanvezzo.
  • “I felt much better tonight on the field after a good 3-4 weeks where I’ve felt a little off, some fatigue and with the family stuff in Italy, the long travels. It’s been a tough month,” Di Vaio said. “But I felt better and I am really happy to help my team get an important win. It’s very good for the morale.”
  • Di Vaio returned to the starting lineup after coming off the substitutes’ bench against Chicago, his first substitute role since May 8. He also missed the FC Dallas match on July 20 after a trip to Italy for personal reasons.
  • “We can't forget that, even though he's still very well physically, he's 37,” Schallibaum said. He had these few weeks and games with a family issue that was tough to manage. I'm happy for him, because he worked hard to get back to where he was. We're not machines with buttons that you can press so we run for 90, 95 minutes and always do well.”
  • Justin Mapp recorded his fifth assist of the season, his first since setting up a pair of goals in the 5-3 win vs. Philadelphia on May 25.
  • “I thought we had a really good game. We put a lot of pressure from the wings with Justin Mapp and Andres Romero. We played well defensively,” Schällibaum said.
  • After coming off the substitutes’ bench in back-to-back matches, Felipe returned to the first team and played 82 minutes in the center of the park.
  • “He was very good tonight. We need Felipe to play the way he did tonight. He’s had a few difficult games, but was feeling good this past week. We spoke a few times and he’s been able to turn things around,” said Schällibaum.
  • On Wednesday, the Impact suffered their first defeat in the CONCACAF Champions League this season, falling 1-0 to Heredia of Guatemala in Ciudad de Guatemala. The Impact have 3 points from 2 matches in Group 5.
  • Here’s the Impact team: Evan Bush; Jeb Brovsky, Adrian Lopez, Wandrille Lefèvre, Maxim Tissot; Davy Arnaud, Collen Warner, Felipe (Hassoun Camara 46'), Blake Smith (Andrew Wenger 80'), Sanna Nyassi (Hernan Bernardello 64'); Daniele Paponi


The Houston Dynamo returned home and returned to their winning ways, defeating Seattle Sounders FC 3-1 on Saturday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 36 points from 23 matches.


  • The Dynamo took the lead in the 17th minute. Will Bruin drew Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning off his line before feeding Giles Barnes, who took a touch inside and blasted the loose ball into the top corner of the unguarded net.
  • Four minutes later, Barnes and the Dynamo had a second. This was of the spectacular variety, as Barnes was given acres of space and blasted a sterling 30-yard strike past a leaping Gspurning and into the upper corner.
  • Sounders FC pulled one back in the 65th minute when Shalrie Joseph found space on a Marc Burch free kick and headed the attempt downward and into the back of the net.
  • But Houston restored the final margin in the 74th minute when Bruin finished from close range, potting the rebound after a Warren Creavalle header rang off the crossbar.
  • Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made one change to the team that dropped a 1-0 decision to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Boniek Garcia came back into the team in place of Warren Creavalle.
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor, Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe - Boniek Garcia, Adam Moffat, Ricardo Clark (Warren Creavalle 39), Brad Davis (Andrew Driver 82) - Giles Barnes (Cam Weaver 73), Will Bruin.



  • The Dynamo have now gone five games at BBVA Compass Stadium without a loss, following back-to-back home losses May 12-18. They’ve scored three goals in each of their last two home matches, both wins.
  • “The first 30 minutes were probably the best 30 minutes we’ve played this year,” head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “I think we were excellent on both sides of the ball. Giles scored a good goal and followed up with a great goal. I thought we could’ve been 3-0 up and possibly more.”
  • The Dynamo’s Giles Barnes netted his first goals since May 8, recording the first multiple-goal game of his MLS career with the brace vs. Seattle.
  • “It’s always nice to get on the score sheet, but first and foremost your confidence comes from playing well with the team and working hard with the team,” Barnes said. “If you work hard you’ll get your rewards and hopefully that’s what I’m doing. I’m working hard and hopefully the rewards will come.”
  • Will Bruin netted his second goal in the last three matches, after going nearly three months without hitting the back of the net. He also recorded his second assist in the last three games.
  • “That’s what we’re supposed to do. We’re supposed to score goals,” Bruin said. “I think me and Giles are getting back on that same page that we were at the beginning of the year. That’s going to be dangerous come these last few games.”
  • Said Adam Moffat: “It’s great confidence from the forwards scoring goals. When they score goals, good things happen.”
  • Brad Davis collected a pair of assists, the 20th multiple-assist game of his MLS career. That’s tied for fifth-most in MLS history; the all-time leader is Carlos Valderrama, with 27.
  • On Tuesday, the Dynamo began their CONCACAF Champions League campaign with a scoreless draw against W Connection FC of Trinidad & Tobago at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
  • Here’s the Dynamo team: Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie, Eric Brunner, Jermaine Taylor, Mike Chabala; Andrew Driver, Alexander Lopez (Adam Moffat 86), Warren Creavalle, Jason Johnson (Brian Ownby 86); Brian Ching (Giles Barnes 68), Cam Weaver

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