By IVES GALARCEP
The Montreal Impact are off to a dream start to the season, having posted a two-game winning streak during a short road trip through the Pacific Northwest. The two road wins are as many as they recorded in all of 2012 and there is clear reason for optimism up North.
One of the keys to Montreal’s strong start has been the play of Canadian midfielder Patrice Bernier, who has once again been an anchor in the middle and a stabilizing force for new head coach Marco Schallibaum.
Bernier’s performance in Montreal’s 2-1 victory against the Portland Timbers may not have been the flashiest of the weekend, but in many ways it was the most complete. He helped neutralize Portland’s attack, shutting down Timbers playmaker Diego Valeri, and also helped orchestrate the Impact’s game-winning goal with a beautiful pass that unlocked Portland’s defense. It is that complete performance that made Bernier the pick as SBI MLS Player of the Week for Week Two.
Bernier beat out Welsh forward Robert Earnshaw, Vancouver’s Daigo Kobayashi, Philadelphia’s Amobi Okugo and New England’s Jerry Bengtson for this week’s honors.
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