COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Montreal Impact have finally won of the road.
Maxim Tissot and Andres Romero scored to lead Montreal past the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Saturday night for the Impact’s first road win in 26 games.
The last time they won away from home was against New England on Sept. 8, 2013.
“It’s been a lot of time talking about getting that first win on the road, so we are really pleased,” said Tissot. “We stayed focused the entire game and stuck to the game plan tonight.”
Tissot tapped in a rebound 10 minutes into the second half to start the scoring. Goalkeeper Steve Clark saved Jack McInerney’s hustle play and Tissot was there for the easy finish. Montreal made it 2-0 in the 79th minute when Romero chipped home a goal on a counter attack off a feed from Ignacio Piatti.
Montreal (4-4-2) won for the first time in Columbus in six attempts. Columbus (4-6-4) is winless in five games and has given up multiple goals in seven straight matches.
“We beat a very good team tonight. As a team we played a good game,” said Impact coach Frank Klopas. “We had to rotate some players and we are still dealing with injuries. I’m proud of the group’s performance.”
Columbus’ Federico Higuain cleaned up a failed clearance in the first minute of second-half stoppage time to make it 2-1.
Evan Bush made a pair of key saves for Montreal, including stopping Kei Kamara in the final two minutes of the second half.
“We started to control the game a little better in the second half,” said Impact midfielder Marco Donadel. “We respect this team, with a number of good players, so we decided to play a little more defensively to start the game and then we found chances.”
With files from The Associated Press
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