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Frings, Johnson, Koevermans score as TFC beat Impact 3-0 to spoil Di Vaio debut

Montreal Impact defender Shavar Thomas, top,and Toronto FC forward Nick Soolsma (18) battle for the ball during second half Major League Soccer action in Montreal on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
June 27, 2012 - 9:46 PM

MONTREAL - Torsten Frings, Ryan Johnson and Danny Koevermans scored in the second half Wednesday as Toronto FC defeated the Montreal Impact 3-0 in Major League Soccer action.

The result spoiled the debut of Montreal's Marco Di Vaio, the club's first-ever designated player.

Last-place Toronto (2-10-2), which earned its first road victory of the season while matching its total of MLS away wins from 2011, had blown two-goals leads and settled for draws in its previous two games.

But this time the defence held and, after a dreadful start to 2012, the Reds are 2-1-2 in their last five matches.

The Impact (5-9-3) lost at Saputo Stadium for the first time in three games since moving back to the expanded facility after starting the season indoors at Olympic Stadium.

A boisterous, but slightly less than sell-out crowd turned out to the 20,00-seat park for Di Vaio's first game. The former Bologna striker played 55 minutes for an Impact team that looked lost on attack after scoring four times in each of their first two games at Saputo.

Frings scored on a free kick in the 52nd minute after Shavar Thomas took Johnson down outside the Montreal penalty area. The big midfielder hammered his first goal of the season, and first ever with Toronto, past the wall and over Montreal goalkeeper Donovan Rickett's outstretched arms.

Montreal poured on the pressure, but when Toronto got the ball downfield again, Johnson scored in the 72nd as he took a pass from Nick Soolsma, pivoted at the edge of the area, and chipped a shot into the top corner.

The Montreal defence was in tatters six minute later as Ashtone Morgan slipped a pass in front to Koevermans for his seventh of the season and sixth in six games.

Di Vaio got a rousing cheer as he took the field for the first time. He had an active debut even though he didn't score before was relieved by Sanna Nyassi.

The 35-year-old sent a cross that Davy Arnaud headed into goalkeeper Milos Kocic's arms in the opening minutes and started a play that saw Felipe Martins shot wide from inside the penalty area in the ninth minute. Di Vaio had a chance of his own that also went wide 15 minutes later.

Koevermans had a chance one minute into the match but shot just wide off a free kick. The Dutchman then came close early in the second half as his long, low shot just missed the far post.

It was a rough night for Toronto right back Jeremy Hall. He was booted in the face as Montreal's Hassoun Camara attempted a bicycle kick amidst heavy traffic in the 26th minute and needed treatment on the field. Later in the first half, he took the ball in the face from close range.

He was substituted at halftime by Soolsma.

Notes: A designated player is paid more than the maximum allowed under the MLS salary cap. Up to three per team are permitted. ... Montreal beat TFC 2-1 in their first meeting in April, but lost in Amway Canadian Championship play 2-0 on aggregate. ... TFC made one change from their last outing, inserting Logan Emory on defence for Doneil Henry. Toronto is also without winger Joao Plata (hamstring) and Adrian Cann (knee). ... Montreal started defender Shavar Thomas for Nelson Rivas (knee) and Lamar Neagle for Justin Mapp, who is away for a family matter.

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