Brek Shea scored the winner two minutes from time to complete a turnaround victory for hosting FC Dallas.
The first half brought more yellow cards than scoring opportunities, as neither offense was able to muster up much of a threat. The second half brought forward just as much physical activity, but much more action.
Part of the reason was that Dallas had to adjust to missing two starters, after Andrew Jacobson and Herman Pertuz went down to injury at halftime.
“Those injuries got us back to a 4-1-4-1 formation,” FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman daid. “We controlled the midfield better with that move, as Montreal really controlled the midfield early.”
The Impact broke the game open in the 61st minute. Dallas defender George John was called for a foul in the penalty area. Montreal forward Bernardo Corradi calmly converted the penalty kick, putting the visiting Impact up.
FC Dallas evened it up as Panamanian forward Blas Perez headed in the equalizer off the Daniel Hernandez free kick. Shortly after, in the 88th minute, Brek Shea knocked in his first goal of the season to clinch the win for the Hoops.
“These guys really wanted to push hard after tying the game 1-1,” Hyndman added. “Brek has been working very hard in training, and it was great to see him with that energy and that kind of run to score the winner.”
The win gives Dallas their first winning streak this season. The Hoops now move into the top half of the Western Conference, moving into a tie with Seattle for third place with 10 points. They will begin a streak of five straight Western Conference opponents starting next Saturday, when they travel to Vancouver to take on the Whitecaps.
The loss keeps Montreal in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. It will travel to Washington to take on D.C. United on Wednesday.
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