April 28, 2010--Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact result (from montrealimpact.com)

POST-GAME REPORT: April 28, 2010

TORONTO - The Montreal Impact was shut out 2-0 (halftime 1-0) by Toronto FC, in its first match of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship, Wednesday, in front of 21,436 spectators, at BMO Field, in Toronto.

Following a corner kick by Toronto FC midfielder Sam Cronin, forward Dwayne De Rosario, best club scorer this season in Major League Soccer with five goals, took advantage of a free ball in the six-meter box to open the score at the 12th minute. This finally came to be the game-winning goal.

"On the goal, I saw Cann's hand touch the ball before landing on De Rosario's feet," explained team captain Nevio Pizzolitto. "But even when it was 1-0, we remained confident. Nobody panicked because we could come back in the game. But after the red card, it really became difficult."

Toronto FC doubled its lead at the 61st minute. After turning on himself, De Rosario passed the ball to Chad Barrett in the 18-yard box. Barrett then outplayed two Montreal defenders before taking a shot close to the penalty point that beat goalkeeper Matt Jordan to his left, leaving him no chance on the play.

From the 35th minute of play, the Montreal Impact played with a man down after forward Roberto Brown was ejected from the game for hitting Toronto FC midfielder Sam Cronin in the face, inside the 18-yard box. Six cautions were also booked by referee Paul Ward during this hard fought match.

"They had greater possession, but they didn't dominate the match," declared Impact head coach Marc Dos Santos. "There's no doubt that when you play in Toronto, you have to adapt. I think we played an excellent first half and then we did everything we could in the second half. We played 55 minutes with 10 players. We must now turn the page. It's still possible to tally nine points."

In the nine minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half, the Impact obtained an excellent scoring chance when a 25-yard free kick form Leonardo Di Lorenzo was blocked by Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei, with a diving save to his right.

Defender Stephen deRoux was named the Impact Player of the match.

Toronto is defending its Canadian championship title acquired last year, after tallying three wins in four matches.

The Impact was wearing for the first time its new pink jersey, specifically designed for the 2010 edition of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

The Impact will play its next USSF-D2 match game this Saturday against the Puerto Rico Islanders, at Saputo Stadium (2:30 pm, Radio-Canada, CKAC Sports, THE TEAM 990, radio-canada.ca/sports).

The Montreal Impact will play its next Nutrilite Canadian Championship game next Wednesday in Vancouver, at 10 pm (Eastern Time).

31st minute - On a quick counterattack from Toronto following an Impact corner kick, Dwayne De Rosario positioned the ball behind the Montreal 
defense but defender Adam Braz prevented Chad Barrett from shooting. Matt Jordan then quickly intervened. 

33rd minute - On a pass from Leonardo Di Lorenzo, forward Peter Byers took a low slow shot that Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei stopped by diving 
to his left. 

- Saturday, May 1 - Puerto Rico @ IMPACT - Saputo Stadium - 2:30 pm (Radio-Canada, CKAC Sports, THE TEAM 990, radio-canada.ca/sports) 
- Wednesday, May 5 - IMPACT @ Vancouver - Swangard Stadium - 10 pm (Sportsnet)* 
- Saturday, May 8 - Minnesota @ IMPACT - Saputo Stadium - 2:30 pm (Radio-Canada, CKAC Sports, THE TEAM 990, radio-canada.ca/sports) 
- Nutrilite Canadian Championship match 


Source : Patrick Vallee, Montreal Impact 
Info : 514-328-3668 (Ext. 227)

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