Nesta made his MLS debut and Di Vaio scored his first as the Montreal Impact beat the red hot New York Red Bulls with a commanding 3-1 win at Saputo Stadium.
MONTREAL – Facing the first placed team in the Eastern Conference and having already lost to the New York Red Bulls on two occasions this season, overcoming NY was always going to be a tough task for the Montreal Impact. But the home side was up to the task Saturday night, as the Red Bulls were defeated 3-1.
When asked in the post-game press conference whether the win was the Impact’s best performance to date, head coach Jesse Marsch said he believed it was.
“I think so. We controlled the game, we were organized, we made it hard on them, and we didn’t give much up. From the back all the way up, I think a bunch of guys had good games and then collectively they were organized and kept things tight,” said Marsch. “New York’s a good team. We made it hard on [Thierry] Henry, we made it hard on their key guys and overall I thought it was a very good performance.
In his seventh start with the Impact, Designated Player Marco Di Vaio scored his first goal in MLS, breaking the deadlock in the second half. That the first goal came against a top MLS side made it all the more special for the Roman forward.
“We played a great game,” said Di Vaio. “It was extremely important for us to win and it wasn’t easy but we delivered. I scored my first goal - it felt great - and it came in an important win for the team.”
Marsch insisted that he was never concerned about Di Vaio not scoring and knew that it just needed time.
“Within training he’s gotten sharper and better,” said Marsch. “We knew it was only a matter of time. Certainly were all happy for him and now he can move forward and start to bang a bunch of them.”
Former Lazio and AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta made his MLS debut and played a pivotal role in helping the Impact backline cope with New York’s dangerous attacking players. Marsch said that he wasn’t at all surprised by the immediacy of the Italian’s positive influence on the team.
“He’s a real guy, everything from the way he sees plays, to the plays that he makes, to the way he talks to his teammates, to the leadership he shows on the field, to the understanding of what it takes to get things done and win,” said Marsch. “He’s one of the most real guys I’ve ever been around in terms of all these categories. For sure, he’s going to make us stronger because of the experience he has and the ability he has.”
The Impact’s next game is against the Philadelphia Union next Saturday at Saputo Stadium.