There were so many former Seattle Sounders on the pitch at BC Place today, that it was hardly a surprise that two of them hooked up in the first goal of the new MLS season.
That came in the fourth minute of Vancouver’s 2-0 win over Montreal, when Sebastien Le Toux broke past Tyson Wahl and finished past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
“I didn’t know it was him,” Le Toux said. “It went very fast. I think he was a bit surprised by the bounce. The ball kind of stayed on the turf. It’s a little bit of a different bounce for him because he used to play it Seattle and (the old FieldTurf) is faster than this one. … But I took advantage of it, and it was a good start for me.”
Naturally, it wasn’t the start that expansion Montreal wanted in its first MLS match.
“I probably should have been just a little bit more conservative,” Wahl said. “I thought we responded pretty well to that mistake. We had some good moments, but they’re pretty lethal up top. We made a couple of mistakes and they finished their chances. We had good possession and good moments. We couldn’t capitalize on any of our possession deep in their end.”
More from Le Toux, who's goal was the earliest ever in the start of a new MLS season.
"I didn’t know that," he said. "I didn’t even think about that. I’m again in the book. I was in the book in Seattle as the first player to sign. I was in the book in Philly, to be the first player who scored for Philadelphia. And I’m in the book for the fastest goal.
"To win the game was the most important. Of course, I was happy too, because I got my first goal. That’s always good for my confidence here with a new team. A win and a goal is a good day."