Arnaud's goal gives Montreal win over Seattle

SEATTLE — It took a perfect goal from Davy Arnaud to give Montreal a surprising season-opening win and provide Seattle a shock that its nearly perfect preseason meant nothing.

Arnaud caught Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning off his line and scored in the 35th minute, and the Impact opened the 2013 MLS season with an unexpected 1-0 win over the Sounders on Saturday night.

"Scoring goals on the road is tough, and especially against them," Arnaud said. "They score a lot of goals here at home. This year during preseason, we were pretty solid defensively. If we can continue to score one goal and get points out of games on the road, we're going to be OK."

Arnaud and midfielder Felipe connected on a quick counter attack late in the first half after Seattle controlled much of the play. Montreal then withstood the Sounders push for a tying goal in the second half to hand Seattle its second loss in a home opener in the five seasons of the franchise.

Arnaud, who scored the first goal in Montreal's history a season ago, got behind Seattle's defense and collected the perfectly measured pass from Felipe. Arnaud then chipped the shot with the outside of his right foot over Gspurning, who had wondered too far away from his net.

"He made a perfect goal I have to admit," Gspurning said. "He touches one-time over my 6-foot-6 (frame), that's brilliant."

The result was surprising considering each team's perceived standing heading into the season. Seattle is expected to be among the league's elite while Montreal is viewed as a still developing franchise. Seattle doesn't have much time to worry about the loss as they face Mexican power Tigres in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals next Wednesday with the return leg on March 12 in Seattle. The Sounders do not play another league match until March 16 against rival Portland.

"Anytime you get slapped in the face like this in a game hopefully you rise from that," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "Hopefully you become a little more determined, motivated, a little more focused and that is something we certainly have to be in the Champions League and something we have to be in our next league game."

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