Impact happy with strong defensive performance in narrow win over New England

The leakiest defence in MLS didn't look its usual self Wednesday night, as the Montreal Impact held on for a crucial 2-1 win against the New England Revolution.

MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact hopes of making the postseason persisted Wednesday night following a hard fought 2-1 win against the New England Revolution at Saputo Stadium. A 67th minute volley from Sanna Nyassi was the difference on a night that was almost devoid of scoring chances. Despite a spectacular long-range strike which brought the Revolution level in the first half, the Impact’s backline didn’t fall apart in the second, as it has done on many occasions this season.

In the post-game press conference, Jesse Marsch explained that he was happy about the way his team reacted in the second half.

“Again, giving up a late goal in the [first] half and having to dig in and now respond in a good way in the second half, that was good to see,” said Marsch. “The emphasis tonight was all about being hard to play against and defending [well]. After the goal, our team didn’t feel bad about ourselves and responded very well in the second half."

Forward Marco Di Vaio, who was instrumental in the buildup which led to the Impact’s opening penalty kick goal, highlighted the team’s dominant defensive performance as crucial in getting the team’s seventh win of the expansion season.

“We played well Saturday too [against Philadelphia],” said Di Vaio. "But we were more concentrated and throughout the 90 minutes we didn’t give anyway away defensively, we didn’t risk anything. Now we have to keep going and try and get points outside of Montreal."

Dennis Iapichino started his first game with the Impact after signing with the club last week. The Swiss defender said he was satisfied with his overall play and that he was already settling in well with the team.

“We played a good game” said Iapichino. “We made very few mistakes and their goal was lucky.

“Everyone’s been great, I made some new friends, I already knew Felipe and there are so many Italians that I’m speaking more Italian than English,” he joked.

The win puts the Impact in sixthplace in the eastern conference, four points behind the Houston Dynamo, which makes Saturday’s game between the two sides in Texas one of the most crucial matches of the season.