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Surging Impact topple FC Dallas


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For the second straight week, the Montreal Impact impressed in a victory over a Western Conference foe.

Led by goals from Ignacio Piatti and Jack McInerney, the Impact knocked off FC Dallas, 2-1, on Saturday at Stade Saputo.

The victory is the Impact’s second of the season and second straight following a 4-1 domination of Real Salt Lake last time out.

The Impact kicked off the scoring in the 24th minute through Piatti, who buried a penalty kick to give the Impact the early lead.

FC Dallas defender Moises Hernandez was the man charged with committing the penalty via a foul on Andres Romero. Piatti, saw an earlier opportunity go just wide, made no mistake on the ensuing spot kick, sending Kennedy the wrong way to give the Impact the 1-0 lead.

That lead was doubled by McInerney in the 50th minute via a perfectly hit long-distance effort on an Impact counter attack.

Pushing numbers forward, McInerney was fed a pass on a one-two with Piatti. The Impact forward proceeded by hitting a right-footed shot first time into the lower right hand corner, doubling the Impact advantage.

McInerney’s goal proved crucial, as FC Dallas pulled within one in the 77th minute via Matt Hedges, who finished on a rebound following a Tesho Akindele shot to push the scoreline to 2-1.

The Hedges goal set up a frantic finish for FC Dallas, as the visitors had a pair of chances blocked by a wall of Impact defenders in the 92nd minute. Just moments later, forward Blas Perez pushed an open look wide, dooming FC Dallas to a road loss.

The victory gives the Impact pick up the team’s eighth point from seven games and their second victory of the MLS season.

Following back-to-back victories, the Impact will look to make it three in a row on May 30 with a visit to the Chicago Fire, while FC Dallas looks to rebound with a trip to Sporting KC the day prior.

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