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  • October 31, 2013
  • • 20:30
  • • BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
  • Referee: M. Geiger
  • • Attendance: 10476

Live Commentary

  • That's it! No added time here. Straightforward 3-0 win for the Houston Dynamo, who move on to play the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Montreal are out of the playoffs.
  • 89'
    Yellow Card Corey Ashe
  • 89'
    Red Card Andrés Romero
  • 89'
    Red Card Marco Di Vaio
  • 89'
    Romero kicks out at Sarkodie and he's sent off. Di Vaio also sent off for an altercation with Ashe. Impact down to 8 men.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionBrad Davis Andrew Driver
  • 80'
    Corner is played short and Houston simply keep possession. They're in no rush here.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionGiles Barnes Omar Cummings
  • 79'
    SubstitutionWill Bruin Cam Weaver
  • 79'
    Corner for Houston.
  • 73'
    Goal for Houston! Bruin beats Ferrari for pace, rounds the keeper and slots it home. 3-0 Dynamo. It's game over for the Impact.
  • 72'
    Goal Will Bruin
  • 70'
    Yellow/Red Nelson Rivas
    Nelson Rivas gets a second yellow and he's off. No questions there. Impact down to ten men for last 20 minutes and down by two goals.
  • 68'
    Chance for the Impact! Paponi's shot pushed away for an Impact corner by Hall. The Impact are all in now.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionAndrew Wenger Daniele Paponi
  • 62'
    SubstitutionCollen Warner Felipe Martins
  • 61'
    Chance for the Impact! Di Vaio with a good strike on goal, but Hall gets a hand to it.
  • 58'
    Chance for the Dynamo! Bruin from a tight angle releases a good strike on goal and Perkins just gets a hand to it.
  • 55'
    SubstitutionAndrea Pisanu Andrés Romero
  • 54'
    Corner cleared away easily by the Dynamo back-line.
  • 54'
    Mapp's shot from outside the box is deflected out for a Montreal corner.
  • 52'
    Corner for Houston.
  • 52'
    Dangerous free kick on the edge of the box for Houston.
  • 46'
    The second half is underway! Impact have 45 minutes to save their season.
  • Half time in Houston: The Dynamo lead 2-0 courtesy of goals from Will Bruin and Boniek Garcia from the spot. Uphill battle for Montreal in the second half!
  • 44'
    Chance for the Impact! Impact win the ball over in the Houston final third, Wenger feeds the ball in for Di Vaio, who tries to chip Tally Hall, but the goalkeeper makes himself big. That's the best chance for the Impact in this half.
  • 40'
    Mapp gets to the Houston goal-line, floats a cross into the box and Di Vaio gets a head to it, but the ball flies wide of goal.
  • 35'
    Yellow Card Nelson Rivas
    Yellow card for Nelson Rivas. Very fortunate to not have been sent off for that clear elbow to the head of Giles Barnes.
  • 27'
    Penalty Goal B. García
    Goal! Garcia makes no mistake! 2-0 Houston. This game will be over very quickly if Impact don't tighten things up at the back very soon.
  • 26'
    Penalty to Houston! Bernardello takes down Garcia in the box. Clear penalty.
  • 21'
    Impact on the counter. Ball over the top of the Houston dynamo from Pisanu, but Di Vaio just can't keep it down and Tally Hall parries easily.
  • 16'
    Goal Will Bruin
    Goal! Houston take the early lead. Will Bruin's placed shot beats Perkins after a silky back-heel from Clark. Not the start the Impact wanted! Uphill battle now.
  • 13'
    Cross from Sarkodie into the Impact box and Ricardo Clarke gets a head to it, but it's far too central. Easy save for Perkins.
  • 11'
    Another cross in from Davis and Brovsky heads the ball out for another Houston corner. Dynamo starting to pile on the pressure.
  • 9'
    Impact defense eventually clears.
  • 8'
    Cross from Davis deflected by Camara for a Houston corner.
  • 7'
    Houston's Ashe down injured after getting the worst of an aerial duel with Hassoun Camara. But it looks like he'll be okay.
  • 3'
    Impact midfielder Collen Warner drives forward, plays Di Vaio in on goal, but the Italian is called back for offside.
  • 1'
    And we're off!
  • The game will kick off momentarily!
  • The Dynamo line up in their familiar 4-4-2 setup: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Brunner, Ashe; Garcia, Creavalle, Clark, Davis; Barnes, Bruin.
  • Rivas, who hasn't played a game all year do the injury, gets the surprise start in the center of defense for the Impact at the expense of homegrown defender Wandrille Lefevre. The former Inter Milan defender certainly brings plenty of experience to the Impact lineup, but whether he'll be sharp enough for the contest remains to be seen. Coach Marco Schallibaum has certainly taken a big gamble in opting for Rivas in defense, but considering the Impact's current plight, perhaps he had little choice. We'll see if the decision pays off!
  • The Impact will start with a 4-2-3-1: Perkins; Brovsky, Ferrari, Rivas, Camara; Bernardello, Warner; Pisanu, Wenger, Mapp; Di Vaio.
  • Here are the starting lineups:
  • With Houston playing at home and Montreal's dismal 1-6-1 record to end the season, the Dynamo are the heavy favorites for tonight's matchup. The Impact however can take heart from their positive 2-1-0 record against the Dynamo this season where they outscored the Texan side 8-1.
  • Hello and welcome to Goal's live commentary of tonight's Eastern conference playoff knockout round match between Houston Dynamo and Montreal Impact. I'm Nick Sabetti, and I will be taking you through tonight's action. The winner of tonight's game will face the New York Red Bulls in a home and home series in the Conference Semi-Finals. If the game is tied after 90 minutes, then the teams will play two 15 minute halves of extra time. If the game is still at a deadlock then the game will go to penalty kicks.