Montreal Hold Streaking Revs at Home, Earn 2nd Win of 2014
The Montreal Impact played their best game so far in 2014 stopping the streaking New England Revolution at home. Last place Montreal gained some ground in the Eastern Conference after defeating the top seeded team in the east 2-0.
Two minutes into the game, the Revs got a wake up call, but they never actually did wake up. Di Vaio returned a pass from Romero, leaving the midfielder one-on-one with Bobby Shuttleworth. Romero didn't miss sneaking his low shot past the Revs keeper handing Montreal the early lead.
The Revs defense did not react and Montreal dominated the first half with a vertical attack creating several clear scoring opportunities through long balls.
The first attempt at a 2-goal lead happened in the 15th minute when Di Vaio volleyed a McInerney floater into the hands of Shuttleworth.
Montreal continued to stretch the field. Then a loud message coming from the New England bench was heard asking the defense to stay tight on the Impact's strikers, but the Revs' defense still did not react.
Thirty eight minutes into the half, Montreal's latest acquisition, Issey Nakajima-Farran, carried the ball from the left wing into the center finishing his run with a hard one-hopper that bounced off Shuttleworth's body. Jack McInerney was there to pick up the trash to make it 2-0 Montreal.
In stoppage time, Romero sneaked a ball past AJ Soares that met Di Vaio who cut Shuttleworth left with one touch, but when he decided to shoot, AJ Soares had recovered and saved the Revs from an embarrassing 3-0 score at the half with a sliding tackle.
No damage was done in the 2nd half at either goal as Bernardello dominated the midfield for Montreal. The Impact just sat back and waited for the Revs for the remainder 45 minutes as the visitors failed once and again to break a disciplined Montreal defense.
The Impact earned their second win of the season, but they will finish the weekend last in the Eastern Conference standings with 10 points. On the other hand, New England will remain first in the east despite the loss with 23 points.
Montreal have a bye next week, but will be hosting the Canadian Championship final against Toronto on Wednesday. Meanwhile, New England will play the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
MTL - GK-Troy Perkins; D-Karl W. Ouimette, Heath Pearce, Wandrille Lefèvre, Hassoun Camara; M- Hernan Bernardello, Andrés Romero (Justin Mapp 67'), Felipe (Patrice Bernier 85'), Issey Nakajima-Farran; F-Jack McInerney (Santiago Gonzalez 83'), Marco Di Vaio
NE - GK-Bobby Shuttleworth; D-Chris Tierney (Steve Neumann 77'), José Goncalves, Andrew Farrell, A. J. Soares; M-Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Amdy Dorman, Kelyn Rowe (Daigo Kobayashi 62'); F-Patrick Mullins, Teal Bunbury