- Tuesday, 01 May 2012
- Written by Modou Lamin Beyai
Home-field advantage is a valuable asset in Major League Soccer and the Montreal Impact of Sanna Nyassi was full value for it in an impressive 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers of Mamadou “Futty” Danso before a crowd of 19,233 at Olympic Stadium.
Bernardo Corradi and Sinisa Ubiparipovic scored in the second half Saturday to lead the Montreal Impact to a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers. Corradi gave Montreal the lead in the 76th minute on a penalty after Collen Warner’s shot struck the arm of a Portland player in the 18-yard box.
Corradi stepped up to the penalty spot and fired a shot past Timbers goalkeeper Joseph Bendik, who replaced injured starter Troy Perkins earlier in the second half. Ubiparipovic added a goal in the 84th minute from in close and Montreal picked up its second MLS victory.
Sanna’s Impact remained undefeated in three games at Olympic Stadium, the expansion club’s home for two more regular-season games until renovations at the adjacent Saputo Stadium are completed.
Sanna Nyassi’s Montreal, which improved to 2-5-2, had a 1-1 with D.C. United in Washington on Wednesday for its first road point. Portland fell to 2-5-1. Futty Danso’s Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 at home a week earlier, dealing the Eastern Division leaders their first loss of the season.
Perkins left the game after he was kicked in the face by Montreal’s Sanna Nyassi when he slid out to block a ball in the 63rd minute. The Portland goalkeeper left the field with his cut and bloodied nose covered by a towel. Sanna got a yellow card on the play.
Striker Bernardo Corradi and midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic scored goals 10 minutes apart in the second half as Montreal extended its unbeaten streak at home to a modest three games (2-0-1) and improve to 2-5-2 overall in MLS’ Eastern Conference.
Sanna’s Impact next plays on Wednesday when it hosts Toronto FC in the opening leg of a home-and-away, aggregate-goal series in the Amway Canadian Championship while Futty’s Timbers host Columbus Crew next in the MLS.