The Montreal impact ended 2019 MLS Preseason presented by Advocare on a high note, defeating D.C. United, 3-0, at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night on goals by Ignacio Piatti, Maxi Urruti and Mathieu Choiniere.
Piatti scored the lone goal of the first half, capping a nice combination with Saphir Taider and Urruti with a calm finish.
D.C. United were awarded a penalty kick in the 69th minute when Evan Bush clattered over Steve Birnbaum on a lofted service. But much to the disappointment of the crowd who were chanting “Rooney, Rooney,” the penalty was wiped out on Video Review due to an offside infraction before the foul.
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Choiniere then closed out the preseason in spectacular fashion, latching onto a bouncing ball and unleashing a stunning volley from distance under the crossbar in the first minute of stoppage time. Consider Impact coach Remi Garde impressed.
« J’ai eu des frissons. Quand on aime le foot, c’est un but magnifique. C’est un but plein d’envie. Il n’a pas réfléchi. On travaille pour amener le ballon jusqu’aux 30 derniers mètres et après, c’est le talent. Il en a eu et je suis très content pour lui. » - @Remi_Garde#IMFC— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) February 24, 2019
The Rowdies Suncoast Invitational match was the last tuneup for both teams. #MLSisBack begins for the Impact against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on March 2 (10 pm ET | ESPN+), while D.C. United meet defending MLS Cup champion Atlanta United March 3 (6 pm ET | ESPN, TSN, ESPN Deportes)
- 8’ — MTL — Ignacio Piatti
- 79’ — MTL — Maxi Urruti
- 90’ +1’ — MTL — Mathieu Choiniere
GK: Evan Bush — Bacary Sagna, Victor Cabrera, Zakaria Diallo, Daniel Lovitz — Samuel Piette, Saphir Taider (Shamit Shome — 22’) — Michael Azira, Clement Bayiha (Orji Okwonkwo — 64’), Maxi Urruti (Anthony Jackson-Hamel — 81’) — Ignacio Piatti (Mathieu Choiniere — 73’)
GK: Bill Hamid — Joseph Mora (Chris McCann — 80’), Steve Birnbaum, Frederic Brillant, Gonzalo Jara — Junior Moreno, Russell Canouse — Lucas Rodriguez (Ulises Segura — 33’), Luciano Acosta — Paul Arriola (Zoltan Stieber — 81’) — Wayne Rooney