MONTREAL (AP) - Felipe Martins scored in the first half and the Montreal Impact held on to beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Saturday for their first MLS victory of the season.
It was the Impact’s (1-4-3) first win since a 2-1 decision over Philadelphia on Oct. 19 last season.
“It felt really good,” first-year coach Frank Klopas said. “Some games are not going to be pretty soccer and you have to find ways to compete. It gives us confidence. You can do things in training, but it’s important to get results. You have more enthusiasm.”
Philadelphia (1-3-5) is winless in its last seven games.
Felipe got his second goal of the season in the 15th minute when Patrice Bernier stole the ball from Sheanon Williams and took a long shot that Zac MacMath blocked, only to fee the Brazilian bang in the rebound.
“We did a great job of fighting for every ball,” Felipe said. “But the most important thing was the three points. We waited for this a long time and it’s very nice to be back with a win.”
It was Montreal’s first home game on the grass field at Saputo Stadium - after playing three times indoors at Olympic Stadium - but the stands were only half full in chilly, wet weather even though the team announced Friday that 18,000 tickets were sold.
It was the first meeting between the teams since the Impact sent Andrew Wenger to the Union for Jack McInerney in a swap of strikers three weeks ago.