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Montreal move has Impact
by Paul Kennedy, May 18th, 2009 7AM



[USL-1] It took six games, but the Montreal Impact, one of the favorites to win the USL First Division title, finally got its first win on Sunday. The Impact, who replaced John Limniatis as head coach with Marc Dos Santos three days earlier, blew out the Austin Aztex, 4-0, getting three goals in 11 minutes.

"It feels good because as a team, we needed a win," said Dos Santos, who got his first win as head coach. "We needed the three points to go up in the standings. At halftime, I told them to stay patient and that goals were going to come. We have a fantastic group and I'm very happy for the players."

Panamanian forward Roberto Brown opened the score at the 51st minute, and Americans Joey Gjertsen and Tony Donatelli quickly followed with other goals.

"A win like this is very satisfying and good for team morale," said Simon Gatti, who scored his first career goal with the Impact to close out the scoring. "I had a feeling that I was going to score today and it happened. I hope that it's the beginning of a winning streak for us."

Veteran Liberian Johnny Menyongar scored a goal and an assist to lead Rochester to a 2-1 win at Vancouver that moved the Rhinos into a tie with Carolina for first place. The RailHawks got two goals from Luke Kreamalmeyer to beat Miami FC, 2-0.

The Cleveland City Stars earned their first victory since moving up to the First Division when they beat Minnesota, 1-0, on Ghanaian Josh Boateng's first goal of the season. The weekend results left the Thunder as the only winless team in the USL-1.

NOTABLE. Montreal defender Zanzan has been selected to play for Togo in upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Gabon June 6 and Morocco June 20.

May 14
Portland 2 Rochester 1
POR: Brian Farber (Mandjou Keita) 40
ROC: Darren Kenton 66
POR: Ryan Pore (penalty) 90
Att.: 7,556.

May 15
Montreal 0 Charleston 0.
Att.: 12,180.

May 16
Miami FC 0 Carolina 2.
CAR: Luke Kreamalmeyer (Gavin Glinton) 40
CAR: Luke Kreamalmeyer 58
Red Card:
MIA: Diego Serna 70
Att.: 1,875.

Minnesota 0 Cleveland 1
CLE: Josh Boateng (Pato Aguilera) 63
Att.: 2,642.

Vancouver 1 Rochester 2
ROC: Chris Nurse (Johnny Menyongar) 17
ROC: Johnny Menyongar (Taiwo Atieno) 37
VAN: Dever Orgill (Ansu Toure) 90
Att.: 5,288

May 17
Montreal 4 Austin 0
MON: Roberto Brown 51
MON: Joey Gjertsen (Roberto Brown) 57
MON: Tony Donatelli 62
MON: Simon Gatti (Rocco Placentino) 89
Att.: 11,470

Carolina 4 2 1 7 5 13
Rochester 4 2 1 10 6 13
Vancouver 3 2 2 8 7 11
Charleston 2 0 4 4 2 10
Portland 2 1 2 4 2 8
Puerto Rico 2 1 2 6 5 8
Austin 1 1 3 6 7 6
Miami FC 2 3 0 6 7 6
Montreal 1 3 2 8 7 5
Cleveland 1 3 1 2 9 4
Minnesota 0 4 2 5 9 2


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