There was nothing scintillating or spectacular about the Impact on this night. And yet, Montreal defeated D.C. United 1-0.
Five nights earlier against Toronto FC, a three-goal outburst was moot because the Impact forgot how to play defence — and lost 4-3.
We’re not sure what this all means, but in sports perhaps the breaks have a way of evening out and teams end up getting what they deserve.
“It was pretty against Toronto, right?” Impact manager Thierry Henry said after Tuesday’s win over D.C. United. “And we lost. Very pretty. Everyone cried that we had the ball against Toronto the whole time, and we ended up losing the game. You have to find a way to win. Today, we did. Today, we fought well. We responded well. Now we have to wait.”
The Impact edged D.C. United in Tuesday night’s late game of the MLS is Back Tournament on a goal by Saphir Taïder in the 31st minute at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida. Montreal completed the group stage portion of the tournament with a 1-2 record and placed third in its bracket. The Impact’s all-important goal differential is minus-1.