Despite several good chances and being up a man for the last thirty minutes, the Montreal Impact fell to the New York Red Bulls by a score of 2-1.
MONTREAL – This time was supposed to be different.
After losing the first meeting with the New York Red Bulls earlier this season by a humiliating score of 5-2, the Impact wanted to show the Eastern Conference leaders that they were a much better side. But that didn’t come to pass on Saturday, as Montreal fell to the Red Bulls by a score of 2-1.
“It’s an incredibly disappointing and frustrating game because we just let this one slip away,” Impact head coach Jesse Marsch explained to the media following the match.
The Red Bulls, who were without the injured Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez, played with ten men after Victor Palsson was ejected from the match after receiving a second yellow card in the 58th minute. All the same, the Impact weren’t able to capitalize on their numerical superiority and even conceded a second goal.
Marsch was visibly frustrated with the result in the post game press conference, especially because he thought his team didn’t play all that poorly and could have easily been able to win the game.
“In a lot of ways, our ideas and our attempts were not bad,” Marsch said. “The game could have went the other way. It didn’t, and so we have to learn from it and handle those situations better, but you almost feel that it’s one of those nights where the ball was just not going our way.”
The Impact’s loss was their first at home and it was also the first time they got some boos from the home crowd.
“If I was a fan, I’d probably be disappointed as well with the result,” said captain Davy Arnaud. “They have a right to be, and were disappointed just like they are. They are a team in our conference and they’re at the top of the conference, so it’s a big game and at home against those teams you want to win the game. It’s obviously not the result that we wanted."
Montreal will play the Colorado Rapids in a week’s time, the side's last game before a two-week break and a first game at the newly expanded Saputo Stadium.
“Were going to go into this week and look at film and learn what we did wrong,” said defender Jeb Brovsky. “Hopefully we can get a good three points in Colorado, and then come home with a little break and open up the new stadium.”