The Montreal Impact have won their Home Opener for the first time in MLS and learned an important lesson about Coach Marco Schallibaum's combative spirit.
Schallibaum was feisty and had pointed words with Toronto players and fellow MLS rookie coach Ryan Nelsen after a 2 1 victory the Impact almost let slip away.
Captain Davy Arnaud and Bernier picked up assists in added time before the Halftime break as Di Vaio was set up in the area, made a move right with Toronto's keeper Joseph Bendik out of position. Di Vaio drilled a high shot home for his 1st goal and a 2 0 lead.
Andres Romero made his first MLS start and was effective and creative in the opening half, drawing a penalty that Patrice Bernier buried for his 1st goal of the season. Bernier is now 7/7 on penalties in MLS dating back through the debut 2012 season.
Nesta will be needed. The Impact hung on for dear life in the 2nd half versus Toronto, giving up a penalty kick goal to Robert Earnshaw, who has scored all 3 of TFC's goals this season.
Impact survive TFC threat
Montreal's play suffered in the 2nd Half, with Andrea Pisanu and Romero subbing out for the more steady Collen Warner and Sanna Nyassi, Orange Nike Roshe Run
precious time and take the play deep in the Toronto third.
"I feel a little problem in my abductor and it is nothing special," Nesta told CJAD after the game. "I hope to play next game Roshe Shoes Mens or another one." That gives hope he could see action against the New York Red Bulls next Saturday (4PM Countdown to First Kick on CJAD 800).