Sounders smashed at Montreal, 4-1
Eddie Johnson scores the lone goal for Seattle in its first MLS game in three weeks.
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MONTREAL — Sounders FC fell short as party crashers.
With the Montreal Impact playing in its newly renovated Saputo Stadium for the first time this season, the Sounders were summarily sent home with a bruising 4-1 loss to the delight of a partisan crowd of 17,112 Saturday night.
It was the first Major League Soccer game for both clubs after a three-week break from regular-season action.
It was also the Impact's first game in its own facility after starting its inaugural MLS season playing five home games at Olympic Stadium.
The Impact held a 3-0 advantage by the 58th minute after goals by midfielders Felipe Martins (18th) and Justin Mapp (51st) and forward Andrew Wenger (58th).
Eddie Johnson was the lone reply for the Sounders, scoring his fourth of the season in the 61st minute.
Former Sounders midfielder Lamar Neagle completed Montreal's most lopsided win of the season, beating goalkeeper Bryan Meredith in the 87th minute.
Making things harder to swallow for the Sounders (7-4-3) was having to play the final 34 minutes a man down after the red-card expulsion of defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
"We gave away soft goals tonight. That's something we can't do," said coach Sigi Schmid. "We certainly have to play much better than we played tonight. ...
"After going down a man we're playing (as if it's) 1-1. So how can we play 1-1 being short a man and when we're even we get outplayed 3-0? That's not what we're all about, and we've got to change that in the next game."
Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier made life miserable for the Sounders with a team-record three assists, setting up the goals by Martins, Mapp and Wenger.
Meredith was victimized by Martins' second of the season on a hard shot to the bottom right corner. Mapp beat Meredith on a right-footed shot to the left corner, and Wenger found the bottom right corner.
Wenger's goal came two minutes after referee Mark Geiger sent off Hurtado for a hard foul on Impact midfielder Collen Warner.
Johnson beat goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts on a right-footed shot from the center of the box after snaring a pass from forward Fredy Montero.
Neagle substituted for Mapp in the 62nd and netted his first goal in an Impact uniform.
"That game wasn't indicative of the team we are," said Sounders defender Zach Scott. "To be frank, it's embarrassing to lose like that.
"To be down a man and then start to play, that can't happen. I don't know. We've got to go back to Seattle and figure it out. Unfortunately it's a short turnaround for our next game, and now it's even that much more important to figure things out."
The Impact's roster included several former Sounders players in midfielders Neagle and Miguel Montano, midfielder/forward Sanna Nyassi, and defenders Tyson Wahl and Josh Gardner.
None were in the starting 11 for Montreal, and Neagle was the only one to see action against his former team.
The Sounders return home to play Sporting Kansas City at 7 p.m. Wednesday before heading back on the road for three games in 10 days.
• The renovated Saputo Stadium, fitted with a partial roof all around, has a seating capacity of 20,341, up from 13,034 when the Impact played in the North American Soccer League.
|Seattle||0 1 — 1|
|Montreal||1 3 — 4|
Seattle — Brian Meredith, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Jeff Parke, Marc Burch, Zach Scott, Andy Rose, Alvaro Fernandez (Alex Caskey, 62nd), Brad Evans, Mauro Rosales (Cordell Cato, 71st), Eddie Johnson (Servando Carrasco, 82nd), Fredy Montero.
Montreal — Donovan Ricketts, Nelson Rivas, Jeb Brovsky, Zarek Valentin, Matteo Ferrari (Shavar Thomas, 33rd), Collen Warner, Justin Mapp (Lamar Neagle, 62nd), Patrice Bernier (Bernardo Corradi, 77th), Felipe Martins, Davy Arnaud, Andrew Wenger.