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Tabla strike lifts Impact to win over D.C. United

The Montreal Impact bounced back from a tough 2-1 loss against Canadian rivals Vancouver a week ago, to defeat D.C. United 1-0 at RFK Stadium Saturday night.

A 13th-minute goal from Ballou Tabla proved to be the difference as the visitors left the nation’s capital with all three points. The 18-year-old’s long-range strike was the first shot on goal for either side, as it beat D.C. keeper Travis Worra to the bottom left corner.

Ian Harkes’ 18th-minute effort forced a good save from Evan Bush, which was the hosts only true chance towards goal. Dominic Oduro and Chris Duvall came closest to doubling the Impact’s advantage before halftime.

After missing an earlier chance, Luciano Acosta’s 57th-minute effort from long-range struck the bar. Substitute Patrick Mullins also saw his close range effort saved by Bush, while Acosta and Lamar Neagle missed late chances in front of goal.

At the final whistle, the Impact earned their second victory of the season while frustrating D.C. United for most of the match. Bush made two saves in the clean sheet victory, while Worra made three in the loss.

The loss also snapped D.C.’s two match unbeaten run, which ended the month of April.

The Impact (2-3-4) kick off a three-game home stand next weekend, with the Columbus Crew coming to town. D.C. United (2-2-4) welcomes the Philadelphia Union to RFK Stadium on May 13th.

MAN OF THE MATCH

18-year-old Ballou Tabla scored his first goal of the season, from a spectacular effort, which earned his side their second win of the year. Despite Montreal failing to add to their lead, Tabla continued to be a threat in the Impact’s attacking front.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

D.C. United created several chances on goal, and easily could have brought this game level on multiple occasions. Luciano Acosta’s long-range effort was their best chance towards goal, while the hosts missed several late chances. If Acosta’s effort goes in before the hour mark, then we could be talking about a much different ending to the match.

MATCH TO FORGET

D.C. United forward Sebastien Le Toux was isolated for most of the match, and failed to make an impact offensively. Only featuring in the first half before being subbed off, Le Toux only completed five passes while failing to record a shot on goal.

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About Bill Hancock

I am a father of 2 young soccer players. My daughter is 8 and my son is 16. They are the reason I became interested in soccer. The more I learned about soccer the more I realized that it is indeed the beautiful game!

I am focused on helping players (and parents) develop the skills necessary to find success and enjoyment in this wonderful sport.

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