Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blerim Dzemaili Scores First MLS Goal, Montreal Impact Beat New York Red Bulls

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blerim Dzemaili Scores First MLS Goal, Montreal Impact Beat New York Red Bulls

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Blerim Dzemaili lifts Impact over Red Bulls


MONTREAL - Swiss international Blerim Dzemaili has been with the Montreal Impact for less than a month but he already feels right at home.

Dzemaili scored his first Major League Soccer goal, and second goal in as many games in all competitions, to give the Montreal Impact a 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

The Impact (4-4-4) have now won back-to-back games in MLS for the first time this season.

Dzemaili, who joined the Impact from Bologna last month, also scored in Montreal's 4-2 victory against Vancouver in the Canadian Championship on Tuesday.

"I feel very comfortable," said Dzemaili, who made his third MLS start on Saturday. "The team gives me a lot of confidence and I try to give that confidence back. I play football because I love it and I just want to have fun. When you play without thinking too much, you automatically play well."

Dzemaili broke the scoreless deadlock in the 67th minute when he finished a clever give-and-go with Ignacio Piatti, firing a right-footed strike past Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles from inside the box.

The midfielder finished with five shots, including two on target.

"He's fitting in nicely in the midfield," said Impact coach Mauro Biello. "He scores a big goal. Good combination with Nacho (Piatti). He's a quality player and he's only getting started. There's a lot of good things coming once he understands the league more and his teammates. He's going to help this team tremendously."

Dzemaili also had a goal disallowed in the first half. The 31-year-old got the 19,032 fans at Saputo Stadium on their feet at the half hour mark with a shot from the edge of the box, but the celebration was short lived.

The referee, who conferred with his linesman after the ball found the back of the net, determined Montreal's Dominic Oduro, who was in an offside position, had obstructed Robles' view when the ball left Dzemaili's foot. …

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