Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United: Heatwave Leads To Sluggish First Half, But Pontius Strike Gives United The Lead

Spectators were greeted with high temperatures, but a tepid first half. Both teams struggled through the first half as they were dealing with the heat. United started to heat up (cool down?) late in the first half and were able to break down the Impact defense.

Maicon Santos and Chris Pontius both took shots from distance that troubled Montreal keeper Evan Bush, who was making his first MLS appearance. Montreal had one shot on target in the first half, but was cleared by Bill Hamid.

Pontius finally got United on the score sheet just before halftime as the Forward, who is started at midfield for just the second time this season, dribbled through three Impact defenders before firing a low shot past Bush.

United dominated both possession and chances in the first half and will look to continue to exert their dominance over Montreal in the second half. Three points will keep United atop the Eastern Conference.

For more on D.C. United, visit Black And Red United and stay tuned to SB Nation DC. For a view from the other side of the pitch, check out Mount Royal Soccer. And for more MLS coverage, be sure to visit SB Nation's Soccer hub.

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