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Played
June 16, 2012 7:45 PM EDT
Stade Saputo — Montreal, Quebec
Referee:‬ M. Geiger‎
Attendance:‬ 17112‎
 
52′ Justin Mapp
 
58′ A. Wenger
 
87′ Lamar Neagle
 

Montreal Impact 4-1 Seattle Sounders FC: Impact open Saputo Stadium with a resounding win

Montreal christened its new stadium by ripping through the league's stingiest defense, beating Seattle 4-1.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Felipe Martins, Montreal Impact; Andy Rose, Seattle Sounders FC; MLS
Richard Wolowicz
The Montreal Impact christened Saputo Stadium in emphatic fashion Saturday night, thrashing Seattle Sounders FC 4-1. Prior to the game Seattle boasted the best defense in MLS, with only nine goals conceded in 13 games. The Sounders hadn't conceded three goals in any game in 2012.

That quickly changed when the Canadian host rushed to a three-goal lead. Felipe Martins scored the first-ever MLS goal in the Impact's new home, curling a skidding low shot around a defender and the goalkeeper while falling down, after Patrice Bernier had skipped inside from the left and poked the ball through to him.

Justin Mapp doubled the lead in the second half with an impressive solo goal. He ran inside from the left flank near the halfway line, sidestepping defenders along the way, before cutting his shot back with his weaker right foot.

Before the hour mark Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was harshly sent off for a flailing tackle and Andrew Wenger iced the match with a third Montreal goal. Bernier again assisted, this time with a crisp through ball after some tidy close control at the top of the box.

Eddie Johnson pulled a goal back, clipping the ball over the onrushing Donovan Ricketts after being sent clear by Fredy Montero, but the night belonged to Montreal and its new stadium. To punctuate the celebration, former Sounder Lamar Neagle scored in the last few minutes, capping the heady win.

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Montreal Impact

1
Donovan Ricketts
Goalkeeper
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2
Nelson Rivas
Defender
85′
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13
Matteo Ferrari
Defender
34′
 - 
5
Jeb Brovsky
Midfielder
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-
Zarek Valentin
Defender
 - 
7
Felipe Martins
Midfielder
18′
 - 
8
Patrice Bernier
Midfielder
77′
 - 
18
Collen Warner
Midfielder
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21
Justin Mapp
Midfielder
52′ 62′
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8
Davy Arnaud
Midfielder
 - 
33
A. Wenger
Striker
58′
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Seattle Sounders FC

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13
Brian Meredith
Goalkeeper
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4
Marc Burch
Defender
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20
Zach Scott
Defender
 - 
2
Jeff Parke
Defender
22′
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34
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3
Brad Evans
Midfielder
 - 
7
Mauro Rosales
Midfielder
71′
 - 
5
Andy Rose
Midfielder
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7
 - 
20
Á. Fernández
Midfielder
62′
 - 
17

Substitutes

30
Evan Bush
Goalkeeper
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2
Tyson Wahl
Defender
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11
Sanna Nyassi
Midfielder
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27
Lamar Neagle
Midfielder
62′ 87′
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-
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Substitutes

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33
Andrew Weber
Goalkeeper
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Michael Seamon
Midfielder
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17
 - 
12
Alex Caskey
Midfielder
62′
 - 
7
Cordell Cato
Midfielder
71′
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-
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26
S. Ochoa
Striker

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E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
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Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
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Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1