MONTREAL - After losing 2-1 to Chivas USA in Los Angeles midweek, the Montreal Impact was back to winning ways in Montreal Saturday night with a convincing 4-2 result against the Houston Dynamo. Goals were scarce in the beginning of the season, when the Impact only managed nine goals in its first nine games, but, along with a 4-1 win against the Seattle Sounders at home last week, the Impact have already scored a whopping eight goals in the first two matches at Saputo Stadium.
Impact head coach Jesse Marsch highlighted the mental effort of his team as being the most significant contributing factor in the win. When the Impact gave up a second goal which brought the game level at the end of the first half, there was obvious frustration, but the side didn’t let it get the better of them. It stuck to the game plan and ultimately dominated proceedings in the second half, when the Dynamo only managed 40 percent of possession and didn’t have a single attempt on goal.
“I think we grew up a bit,” Marsch explained. “I think you can compare the way that half ended with the way it ended in New York, and at half time we said that, more than anything, this is a mental challenge. 'Can we mentally recover from giving up that goal and now be men, handle this game in the right way, and push forward?' And they were great, that was definitely a team tonight."
Justin Mapp, who assisted Davy Arnaud's header for Montreal's second goal, also attributed the team's mentality with helping pull out the three points.
“I thought we played really well in the first half,” said midfielder Justin Mapp. “It was frustrating to give up that late goal at the end of half, but we knew we were playing well and we came out with a home mentality in the second half and put them under pressure."
Dynamo forward Brian Ching, who was the Impact’s first pick in this year's MLS expansion draft, was booed throughout the game by the Impact faithful. The native of Hawaii assisted on Will Bruin’s goal in the 45thminute, but was otherwise kept quiet by the Impact backline.
“For the most part, I think they made it really hard on him,” Marsch said. “He made a very good play on the second goal, so you got to give him credit for that, but I think physically we made it really tough for him."
The Impact will host Toronto FC in their next game on Wednesday and Designated Player Marco Di Vaio is expected to make his debut.