By Mike Wyman The 11
Montreal can’t hold lead in the Lone Star State
Going into Saturday’s match in Frisco, Tex., FC Dallas had yet to lose a game at home this season while the Montreal Impact was still in search of its first point on the road.
At the conclusion of play, the situation remained unchanged as the host club came out on the popular end of a 2-1 match.
Yesterday, Impact gaffer Jesse Marsch identified Dallas as an offensive force despite the absence of injured star midfielder David Ferreira, saying that the key to Impact success rested on countering the opponents’ still-dangerous attack. While Montreal accomplished this in the first half and took a lead early in the second, it was unable to hold onto it, once again falling to late-game markers that left the Impact disappointed at the final whistle.
Marsch made only one change to the starting XI from the team’s first-ever win, last Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over Toronto. Captain Davy Arnaud was back in the lineup after watching the start of the last game, but playing up front behind Bernardo Corradi in the 4-4-1-1 formation that began the game, rather than in his traditional midfield spot.