Montreal Impact wins opening game of Canadian Championship semifinal

The Impact held up its end of the bargain Wednesday night, winning the first-leg of the two-game aggregate Canadian Championship semifinal and, arguably, holding serve in the process.

Montreal defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0, at Saputo Stadium — winning at home, which was to be expected. While no attendance was immediately available, there were large pockets of empty spaces at the 20,801-seat venue.

Impact goalkeeper Clement Diop, playing for the first time this season in place of Evan Bush, recorded the clean sheet.

Alejandro Silva scored the game’s only goal in the 58th minute. While the Impact controlled most of the play throughout the 90 minutes, it couldn’t deliver a second score, which might come back to ultimately haunt the team. Another goal would have potentially put the Whitecaps at a severe disadvantage next week, when the series continues.

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Original published: 2018-07-19 01:42:35 Read the full Montreal News here

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