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