MONTREAL, Quebec – The heat in Montreal was not the only thing that was hot as the Impact were hosted the Houston Dynamo. These teams met for the second time this season with Houston winning the first match; Will Bruin scored the only goal in the 40th minute. The Impact got revenge with a 3-0 win Sunday.
This was a rematch of two former playoff teams that met a year ago in the knockout round, in which Houston advanced.
The Dynamo showed defensive deficiencies early as Felipe Martins almost scored in the first two minutes of the game. That appeared to wake up Houston as they shook off the rust and controlled the tempo of the game for the next 25 minutes. In the 30th minute of the game Omar Cummings almost had a sensational goal as Giles Barnes delivered a pass from midfield in which Cummings stopped the ball with his chest and delivered a left-footed shot that hit the left post.
However, Montreal had a highlight of their own, in the 41st minute Eric Miller delivered a beautiful pass into the center of the box that was headed in by Jack McInerney. This was the sixth goal of the year for McInerney since coming over in a trade with Philadelphia on April 4. McInerney is 5’10 but was able to leap and score with a beautiful header over the 6’3 A.J. Cochran.
The Impact started the second half with a sense of urgency, as Martins almost delivered the second goal of the game in the 49th minute with a free kick that sailed above the cross bar. The Impact continued to put the pressure on the Dynamo as Marco Di Vaio broke free from Cochran and almost scored in the 57th minute. He delivered a right-footed shot that Houston's Tally Hall was able to deflect high above his head for a last minute save.
McInerney proved to be the impact player of the game, possibly earning goal of the week honors with his second goal of the game in the 75th minute. He delivered an acrobatic shot that ricocheted off of the left post as he took a pass from Justin Mapp; it appeared that McInerney was simply trying to redirect the pass, but good players create their own fortune. The scoring continued as Di Vaio’s attack would not be denied; the 37-year-old veteran delivered his second goal of the season in the 79th minute of the game.
Di Vaio has 27 goals in 59 MLS appearances. Houston tried many substitutions but they look like a team that is headed in the wrong direction. They have now lost five games in a row (longest such streak in team history) and will be traveling home to host the New York Red Bulls on July 4. The Impact will travel to Carson, CA to play Chivas USA.
This was the first time that Montreal has scored three goals in a game this season.