NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: D-RO GOAL ELIMINATES IMPACT

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: DE ROSARIO’S GOAL ELIMINATES IMPACT

It was a huge week for Montreal. The Impact were named Major League Soccer’s 19th team and the Canadians ousted the defending champions from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but one mission that was just beyond the city’s reach was an Impact victory over Toronto FC.

Dwayne De Rosario ended that dream with a second half strike. Nick LaBracca bounced a well-slotted through ball into on form Chad Barrett. Impact ‘keeper Matt Jordan made a diving save but the rebound fell just right for De Rosario who buried the nights only goal. A goal, in the 73rd minute, that gave Toronto FC their first road win in any competition this season.

Toronto out shot the Impact 5-1 and was never really threatened by Marc dos Santos side.

“I think it wasn’t the best team that won. I think the teams are very equal, but the difference between the USSF and the MLS is that they have one or two players who, in the last third, can make a difference,” Dos Santos said. “We got to the last third, we got around them, but there was a little lack of quality once we got there.”

The crowd had little to cheer for, and the loudest ovations at the match were for reports from Pittsburgh every time the Canadians scored in their Game 7 drubbing of defending Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins. The street outside Saputo Stadium were full of honking cars and cheering fans, just not for the Impact.

A telling tale of the city’s fanatical fan support that Impact owner Joey Saputo will, no doubt, be trying to harness in the teams run up to their 2012 Major League soccer debut.

The win puts Toronto in the drivers seat for to take a second Voyageurs Cup in as many years. Just two matches with the Vancouver Whitecaps remain. A win on the road at Swangard Stadium next Wednesday and the Reds will have the Cup and the berth into the CONCACAF Champions League, they desire. A loss, however, just might set up a showdown at BMO Field on June 2 between the two teams.

Between tonight’s win in Montreal and the next NCC match in Vancouver, Preki’s men will have a cross country trip to the Home Depot Center to take on the class of Major League Soccer, Los Angeles Galaxy.

Montreal, though out of the tournament, could still play a role in the Championship. Their lone remaining match, a home game against the Whitecaps on May 26, is a must win for Vancouver. Canadian soccer fans will be very interested if Marc dos Santos rests his starters for that match.

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