Colin Miller’s FC Edmonton are halfway towards a historic upset victory in the semifinals of the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship after stunning Frank Klopas’s Montreal Impact, 2-1, at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Alb. The victory puts the Eddies in the drivers seat heading into next week’s second leg at Stade Saputo.
Here are six things we learned, followed by player ratings, for the match between FC Edmonton and the Montreal Impact.
1. Jack McInerney opens up the scoring
It seems that players that I don’t call on to score in the Bold Predictions are the ones who score after all and one of those players is the Montreal Impact’s Jack McInerney. In the 56th minute, a set piece from Patrice Bernier found the head of McInerney to make it 1-0 Montreal.
2. Tomi Ameobi evens up the score for the Eddies
The play of FC Edmonton midfielder Hanson Boakai has been one to watch in this game. In the 60th minute, Boakai found a streaking Tomi Ameobi on the left side to make it 1-1. Boakai could be making the jump to the big league if he keeps up his play.
3. Michael Nonni with the game-winner
In the first minute of second-half stoppage time, Impact defender Karl Ouimette gave up a howler, allowing a streaking Michael Nonni to score late and give Edmonton a massive 2-1 victory.
4. No Marco Di Vaio = No Hope for Montreal
One of the players that was missing for the Impact in this game was striker Marco Di Vaio, who is known for turning things up when the situation warrants some goals. Di Vaio did not start this game, and this omission would prove to be huge for L’Impact.
5. The stats do not matter in this match
Montreal won a number of key match statistics, including passing accuracy, total passes, attemps on goal and possession. In the end, poor defending on the run of play cost Montreal this game.
|FC Edmonton||Montreal Impact|
|10||Attempts on Goal||12|
|3||Shots on Target||2|
|6||Shots off Target||6|
|13||Open Play Crosses||11|
|2||First Yellow Cards||2|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|53%||Duels Won %||46%|
|67%||Passing Accuracy %||79%|
6. A silver lining for the Impact
However, Montreal did score an away goal early in the match, and that Jack McInerney goal will prove to be useful in the second leg. A 1-0 victory or better by the Impact will be enough. On the other hand, a draw will be enough for FC Edmonton, so, as with the tie between Toronto FC and Vancouver, there is everything to play for.