- Montreal impact and Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama was voted man-of-the-match as his side sees off DC United by a solitary goal in a Major League Soccer (MLS) Is Back Tournament.
The tournament was played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida on Wednesday. The only decisive goal came in the 31st minute after DC United defender Frederic Brillant deflected Saphir Taider shot into his net to hand Montreal Impact a lead and the much-needed victory.
In the 34th minute, the play was temporarily stopped as Wanyama had an injury scare after Brazilian midfielder Felipe Martins stamped him on the thigh but the Kenyan international managed to continue with the game with Felipe escaping with a yellow card.
“His tackle was nowhere near the ball, he is lucky to have stayed in the game and I am lucky to be feeling okay,” Wanyama said.
The victory pushes Montreal to third in Group C with three points, meaning they could qualify for the next round of the tournament as one of the four best third-place finishers.
The game was of two halves as Montreal dominated the first half but DC United came into the second half as the better side though their knock for an equalizer was in vain.
Meanwhile, Montreal coach Thierry Henry praised his team performance for fighting hard to get the three points.
“It feels good to be back with a win after a bad start. This is important for us as I know it will motivate the team to work better in training and do better in upcoming matches,” Henry said in the post-match conference.
The former Arsenal striker continued to praise his side as they managed to hold on the first half own goal advantage to the 90 minutes whistle.
“The lads responded better to the pressure from DC United especially in the second half, hang in there, kept it tight, and got the three points we desperately needed,” he concluded.
Stars skipper joined Montreal in March from the English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur after he felt on the pecking order of Jose Mourinho’s first 11.