MONTREAL — After the game, coach Mauro Biello was red-faced and incredulous.
But they blew it, as the visitors managed to cut the deficit in half through a Nicolas Lodeiro penalty kick, and Will Bruin banged home the equalizer deep into stoppage time stunning the crowd of 34,373 at Olympic Stadium.
“It’s as if my team was just waiting for the final whistle — that’s what p***ed me off,” Biello told reporters. “But in the end, you’ve got to play with urgency all the time … you can’t be casual ever in this game.”
What made the result more difficult for the Impact to accept was how well they played up until the late defensive meltdown — a big improvement over last week’s season opening performance at the San Jose Earthquakes, in which the attack looked anemic in a 1-0 loss.
Showing some of the same excellent chemistry they showed in last year’s playoffs, forwards Matteo Mancosu and Ignacio Piatti both got on the score sheet with a goal in each half. Piatti also assisted on the opener with a perfectly weighted pass over the Seattle back line.
Captain Patrice Bernier, who was credited with two assists, bemoaned the team's lack of concentration.
“I don’t want to be too negative because we did do a lot of good things,” Bernier said. “Compared to last week it was night and day. In the first half we had possession, we created a lot of chances, we worked hard, we were intense, but it has to be for 90 minutes plus.”