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  • March 17, 2012
  • • 2:10 PM
  • • Stade Olympique, Montréal, QC
  • Referee: K. Stott
  • • Attendance: 58912

Live Commentary

  • There's the final whistle! Its all over here at the Olympic Stadium and the Impact draw 1-1 the Chicago Fire in their opening game at home.
  • 95'
    Impact push for the goal in the dying seconds of the game and Gardner hits the crossbar from thirty yards out!
  • 93'
    Pardo puts his free kick over the bar, not much time left for the winner.
  • 93'
    Free kick in a dangerous area given to Chicago.
  • 91'
    Nyassi's shot from outside the box goes well over the bar.
  • 90'
    There will be 5 minutes of extra time.
  • 89'
    Yellow Card Sanna Nyassi
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Pavel Pardo
  • 88'
    Free kick cleared well out of the box by the Fire back-line.
  • 88'
    The Impact are pinning Chicago back in their end, and they get a free kick near the Chicago Box.
  • 86'
    Corradi plays a good ball to Nyassi, who's shot from a tough angle is stopped by Tornaghi.
  • 85'
    Yellow Card Lamar Neagle
    Impact's Neagle goes down in the box following good link up play with Corradi. Referee gives a yellow for diving, the crowd doesn't agree.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionPatrice Bernier Lamar Neagle
  • 80'
    Another Chicago player down injured.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionSebastián Grazzini Daniel Paladini
  • 77'
    SubstitutionJustin Braun Bernardo Corradi
  • 77'
    The pace of the game has slowed down, and both teams make changes.
  • 74'
    Both teams are going for it now, although momentum has switched Chicago's way.
  • 71'
    Goal Dominic Oduro
    Chicago equalize! Grazzini plays a ball into Oduro from the top of the box, who just deflects it past Ricketts. Its game on! 1-1
  • 69'
    SubstitutionJustin Mapp Andrew Wenger
  • 69'
    SubstitutionGonzalo Segares Hunter Jumper
  • 69'
    Wenger, Montreal's first pick of the MLS Superdraft has come on for Mapp, and hes moved into a forward position, while Nyassi moves out to the wing. Chicago is in attack mode.
  • 65'
    The 58 thousand at the Big O are doing the wave. Chicago seems to have woken up and are looking for the equalizer.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionM. Pappa F. Puppo
  • 61'
    Crowd has gone wild at the Big O, as the Impact look to double their lead.
  • 57'
    Goal Davy Arnaud
    Goal for the Impact! Nyassi crosses for Arnaud, and his header beats Tornaghi. 1-0
  • 55'
    Montreal's corner kick caught comfortably by Tornaghi.
  • 54'
    Felipe plays a through ball in for Braun and its deflected out for an Impact corner.
  • 53'
    Chicago's Oduro finds space on counterattack but his shot at the top of the box is easily saved by Ricketts.
  • 51'
    Felipe breaks through on the Chicago's left hand side, plays a ball into Braun, but he cant connect.
  • 48'
    Very tough tackle from Gibbs on Arnaud. Free Kick to the Impact in the Chicago half. No card given.
  • 45'
    Second half is under way!
  • There's the half time whistle! A positive half from the Impact, who probably deserved a goal for their efforts. Chicago haven't bothered Impact keeper Ricketts at all in the first half.
  • 45'
    Grazzini has tried to orchestrate Chicago's attack but his passes in the Impact's half have often amounted to nothing.
  • 44'
    Corner kick for Montreal punched away by Tornaghi.
  • 42'
    Yellow Card Sebastián Grazzini
  • 40'
    Gardner has been pushing up a lot more on the left hand flank than he did in the Impact's first game on the road and its paying dividends.
  • 39'
    Gardner plays a cross into the Chicago box and Braun heads it wide of goal from a bad angle.
  • 35'
    Braun scores for the Impact but his goal is correctly flagged offside, much to the frustration of what is now a packed house at the Big O.
  • 34'
    Where the Impact had most of the possession in the early stages of the game, both teams are now trading possession.
  • 31'
    Another player down injured for the fire, this time its defender Dan Gargan. Meanwhile, Chicago head coach Frank Klopas is sending instructions to his Fire side, who haven't really gotten into the game yet.
  • 28'
    Chances have been few and far between so far this game, but the better ones have come the Impact way.
  • 27'
    Game restarts and Gibbs makes his way back onto the field.
  • 26'
    Chicago Defender Cory Gibbs down injured and getting medical attention.
  • 21'
    Free kick for Chicago near the edge of the Montreal box. Parried easily by Ricketts.
  • 20'
    Foul on Tornaghi, free kick to the Fire.
  • 19'
    Braun much more sharp and active compared to the Impact's first outing, and he wins another corner for Montreal.
  • 18'
    Corner easily cleared by the Fire.
  • 17'
    Felipe breaks through on Chicago's left hand side, slides a perfect ball on the floor to Braun, who's shot is tipped over well by keeper Tornaghi. Ball out for a corner.
  • 14'
    Corner eventually cleared by the Fire.
  • 14'
    Braun holds up the ball well at the top of the Chicago box, and lays it off to Nyassi, who's shot is deflected. Corner for the Impact.
  • 12'
    The Impact trying to keep possession and take the game to Chicago, while Chicago looking to catch the Impact on the counterattack with the speed of Oduro and Nyarko - the pattern of play so far.
  • 10'
    Stadium is still filling up, but its still a really loud atmosphere, cant hear the whistle from up here at the press box.
  • 8'
    Montreal's Nyassi almost breaks free on goal but is waived offside.
  • 6'
    Impact's Braun crosses from deep in the Chicago territory, but his cross is hit too long and out of play. A tense start to the game.
  • 3'
    Impact with the bulk of possession in the first few minutes, trying to settle into the game.
  • 1'
    The Impact kick off, and were off!!!
  • Chicago Captain Pause and Impact Captain Arnaud at the coin toss.
  • The anthems are underway. Kick off is a few minutes away.
  • The teams are making their way onto the field. Buzzing atmosphere at the Big O, though many have yet to take their seats.
  • Chicago Starting XI, 4-4-2: Tornaghi in Goal, Gargan, Anibaba, Gibbs, Segares in defence. Grazzini, Pappa, Pardo, Pause in midfield. Oduro, Nyarko in attack.
  • Impact Head Coach Jesse Marsch is putting out the same 4-4-2 lineup that lost its opening game away to Vancouver 2-0: Ricketts in goal, Gardner, Wahl, Ferrari, Brovsky in defence, Bernier, Martins, Arnaud, Mapp in midfield and Braun, Nyassi in the attack.
  • Good Afternoon, and welcome to's coverage of the Montreal Impact's MLS debut match against the Chicago Fire live from the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec. My name is Nick Sabetti, and I will be doing the commentary today.