Montreal stuns Seattle as Arnaud leads the way

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Updated: March 3, 2013

Davy Arnaud’s first-half tally was enough to
lift the Montreal Impact to a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at
CenturyLink Field.

The only goal of the game came in the 35th minute and was a moment of pure
class on Montreal’s part as Felipe Martins worked his way into the attacking
third and lofted a cheeky through ball for Arnaud, who deftly chipped it over
the head of Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning to give the visitors the 1-0
advantage.

In the second half, it was the traveling side that had another outstanding
chance as Sanna Nyassi drifted down the right wing and sent a cross into the
box for Arnaud, who got a foot to it. But Gspurning managed to push it off the
crossbar and keep the Impact from extending their lead.

Just moments later, Seattle had an excellent chance to find the equalizer when
Eddie Johnson made his way toward goal and laid it off to an overlapping Brad
Evans, who ripped a wicked right-footed shot, but it smacked off the right
post and stayed out.

The Sounders had another fantastic chance to tie things with 10 minutes to
play as Leonardo Gonzalez sent a great cross into the box which fell to the
feet of Johnson, but he could do nothing but smash it off the crossbar.

The home side had several chances down the stretch as the fourth official’s
board showed six minutes of extra time, but they were unable to find the
equalizer as Montreal held on for an impressive first win under new head
coach Marco Schallibaum.