Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post

The Montreal Impact earned their first three points of the season following their home opener Saturday where they defeated Toronto FC 1-0.

A hard fought win over the defending MLS champions sat well with the Montreal bench boss Remi Garde, as it was his first victory for his new club.

“It was special because it wasn’t just another game.” Garde exclaimed.

The match between the two clubs was far from a classic, but featured a few scoring chances for Toronto FC, orchestrated mostly from Sebastian Giovinco.

The first half was played quite defensive by both teams, not resulting in much attacking, but more playing it safe, ensuring no goals would be conceded.

Giovinco had the best chance from the TFC side of things in the opening half, striking a shot outside the box which was fisted away by Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush.

Later in the half, during the 41st minute of play a shot from Impact forward Jeisson Vargas deflected off Toronto defender Nick Hagglund, eluding goalkeeper Alex Buno for the opening tally.

The goal went on to be the game winner, as Toronto couldn’t buy a goal throughout the remainder of the match.

Jozy Altidore came the closest on two occasions, first sliding a shot just wide after linking up with Giovinco in the 64th minute.

Then, with seven minutes remaining in the match, Altidore had another glorious chance, but was stoned by Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush in tight, receiving help from teammate Michael Petrasso.

The Reds return to the pitch against Real Salt Lake next Friday night (March 30, 2018) from Toronto.

Kick off is set for 8:00 p.m. at BMO Field and can be seen on TSN 1 and TSN 3.


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