Saphir Taider punched home a well-placed cross from Zakaria Diallo in the 44th minute and the Montreal Impact opened the season with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Ignacio Piatti tied it at 1 for the Impact with a rocket in the 29th minute. Piatti took Taider’s short corner and weaved into a soft spot in the defense to get an opening for the close-range shot.

Magnus Eriksson gave the Earthquakes the lead in the 11th minute, turning on Valeri Qazaishvili’s pass and sending in a left-footed shot from the top of the 18-yard box.

Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Earthquakes during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Earthquakes during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Coach Matias Almeyda made his Earthquakes debut.

Montreal Impact midfielder Saphir Taider (8) scores a goal over San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega (17) during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Montreal Impact midfielder Saphir Taider (8) scores a goal over San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega (17) during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Montreal Impact midfielder Harry Novillo, left, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Impact during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Montreal Impact midfielder Harry Novillo, left, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Impact during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
San Jose Earthquakes forward Cristian Espinoza, left, defends against Montreal Impact defender Zakaria Diallo (5) during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
San Jose Earthquakes forward Cristian Espinoza, left, defends against Montreal Impact defender Zakaria Diallo (5) during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
San Jose Earthquakes defender Nick Lima (24) is fouled by Montreal Impact defender Daniel Lovitz (3) during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
San Jose Earthquakes defender Nick Lima (24) is fouled by Montreal Impact defender Daniel Lovitz (3) during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Montreal Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush (1) blocks a shot on goal by the San Jose Earthquakes during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Montreal Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush (1) blocks a shot on goal by the San Jose Earthquakes during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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