Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Corradi, Ubiparipovic Score as Impact Beat Timbers 2-0 for Second MLS Win: Impact Beat Timbers 2-0 for Second MLS Win

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Corradi, Ubiparipovic Score as Impact Beat Timbers 2-0 for Second MLS Win: Impact Beat Timbers 2-0 for Second MLS Win

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MONTREAL - The way the Montreal Impact are playing at Olympic Stadium, the team may not want to move to its new venue next month.

Bernardo Corradi and Sinisa Ubiparipovic each scored in the second half Saturday to lead the Impact to a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers in MLS action.

Montreal remained undefeated in three games at the domed stadium, the expansion club's home for two more regular-season contests until renovations at the adjacent Saputo Stadium are completed.

"We felt all along like the team's coming together in a good way," Impact coach Jessie Marsch said. "We know we can still get better but, and this is no disrespect to Portland because they do have a good team, despite their slow start, I think today was a pretty good performance and a dominant performance from start to finish."

Corradi gave the Impact the lead in the 76th minute on a penalty after Collen Warner's shot struck the arm of Portland's Steven Smith in the 18-yard box.

Corradi stepped up to the penalty spot and fired a shot past Timbers goalkeeper Joseph Bendik, who replaced injured starter Troy Perkins earlier in the second half.

Ubiparipovic, who came on for Sanna Nyassi 68 minutes in, added an insurance goal in the 83rd from in close as Montreal picked up its second MLS victory before 19,223 spectators.

The Impact, which improved to 2-5-2 overall, drew D.C. United 1-1 in Washington on Wednesday for their first road point.

Portland fell to 2-5-1. The Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 at home a week earlier, dealing the Eastern Division leaders their first loss of the season.

Timbers coach John Spencer will be happy not to have to return to Olympic Stadium.

"I think that the field was very poor. I thought it matched our performance," Spencer said. "I don't think we played well at all today."

Perkins left the game after he was kicked in the face by Nyassi when he slid out to block a ball in the 63rd minute. …

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