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By RYAN TOLMICH
Just weeks after the two teams swapped young forwards, the Montreal Impact picked up their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union at Stade Saputo.
The game’s lone goal came from the foot of Brazilian midfielder Felipe in the 15th minute. A Union turnover in the midfield saw the ball fall to Patrice Bernier, who took a few touches before firing at Zac MacMath’s net. The Union keeper attempted to hold on to the shot, but the ball squirted away to an oncoming Felipe, who easily tapped home to give the Impact a 1-0 early lead.
From there, the two teams played a tough, physical game that saw five yellow cards issued on the afternoon. The Union had their fair share of chances, earning nine corners throughout the game. However, only five of the Union’s 17 shots were on target and they were unable to find the equalizing goal.
The Union’s best chance of the afternoon came just minutes before the final whistle when a Vincent Noguiera cross found the head of substitute Antoine Hoppenot a few yards from goal. However, the Frenchman headed over the bar, allowing the Impact to effectively kill off the game’s remaining time.
Both Andrew Wenger and Jack McInerney started against their former clubs just weeks after being swapped. In the end, it was McInerney’s Impact who held on to the three points, despite Wenger having four shots on the afternoon.
With the victory, the Impact pick up their first win of the season, giving them nine points on the year. The Union, on the other hand, stay on eight points with the loss.
The Impact will enjoy a week off before attempting to pick up back-to-back victories on May 10 when the host Sporting KC. Meanwhile, Philadelphia heads to Seattle next week to take on the streaking Sounders.
Here are the match highlights: