Updated Jun 17, 2012 - 12:21 pm
Montreal Impact 4 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC Match Review (June 16, 2012)
by John Zielonka, 710ESPN Seattle
Seattle returned from their three-week MLS break with a disappointing 4-1 away loss to MLS' newest entrant. Montreal moved from their temporary Olympic Stadium home and celebrated their first win at the newly refurbished 20,000 seat Saputo Stadium.
Montreal scorers included Felipe Martins, Justin Mapp, Andrew Wenger and former Sounder Lamar Neagle completed the scoring late in the second half. Patrice Bernier had three assists on the night.
In his 100th game as a Seattle Sounder, Fredy Montero received credit for an assist on Eddie Johnson's fourth goal of the year for the visitors.
Defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado received a red card in the 51st minute on what referee Mark Geiger deemed to be a dangerous tackle.
Seattle 'keeper Bryan Meredith watched helplessly as all four goals were barely out of his reach inside the posts.
Man of the Match: Patrice Bernier
"We were very excited for the game and our first goal gave us some energy. A win like this is great in our new home with a great atmosphere, it was a special feeling. We can't ask for anything more than scoring four goals at home in a win."--Patrice Bernier, Impact midfielder
"He was very strong for us tonight. He balanced us and defended well. He did a good job of initiating the attack. Once he was able to link up with Collen and the attacking players, we were successful. I'm happy for him."--Jesse Marsch, Impact head coach
Hurtado's red card
"When that tackle on Collen Warner happened, we all came together and said; we've seen this three times now, so let's focus and make sure that we take care of things defensively and keep going forward."--Jeb Brovsky, Impact defender
Montero's 100th as a Sounder
"It was the game number 100 for me and it was meaningful. I can't change what we did tonight. But we will have another opportunity Wednesday and hopefully we'll do better and get the three points."--Fredy Montero, Sounders forward
"It's frustrating, it's not indicative of the team we are. It's embarrassing to lose like that, to be down a man and then start to play. It felt like they were playing with a couple more guys than us the entire game."--Zach Scott, Sounders defender
"We need to play much better than what we did tonight. We gave away goals on a missed clearance, by throwing a ball in, opening up a counter for their team... And I didn't think our pressure was good enough on their third goal. We made three mistakes on one play. We have to eliminate that."--Sigi Schmid, Sounders head coach
They said it
"Seattle is a good team, so it wasn't an easy first game. But I think that was the way you open a new stadium. We had a lot of good performances tonight."--Jesse Marsch
"They were opening their new stadium, so they played with enthusiasm and it sure helped them. They needed to be motivated, to play well and they obviously did. They fulfilled their obligations and we didn't fulfill our obligations of holding strong and battle."--Sigi Schmid
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