Montreal Impact rue missed chances, defensive lapses, in draw with New York Red Bulls

The Impact felt they deserved more than a draw against the Red Bulls on Saturday after having the better of the play.
MONTREAL — Frank Klopas made sure to bring the end-of-game stats sheet along with him. He placed it down on the press conference table, gave it a glance and shook his head.

The Montreal Impact only managed to earn a point on Saturday in a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls and Klopas was frustrated by the result. He felt his team deserved more.

“You go crazy because you look at this paper in front of me and if you look at the numbers, just stats — possession, attempts on goal, shots on target — the guys really pushed the game, we had a lot of opportunities,” Klopas told assembled media. “For sure if we look at the stats, based on the game, we feel we should have walked away with three points.”

The Impact got off to a quick start, as Andres Romero opened the scoring with an excellent side-footed finish in the fifth minute. The home side dominated proceedings in the opening half-hour, but was unable to add to its tally before the Red Bulls scored two goals in quick succession before halftime.

Though Felipe would later tie the game for Montreal with a goal in the 59th minute, Justin Mapp expressed his disappointment with the fact that his team wasn’t able to make the most of its superior number of opportunities and kill the game off in the first half.

“Again I thought we had the better of the play: We created a number of chances early on, but we had a couple lapses again where we let them back in the game,” Mapp said. “Those were certainly three points we should have gotten.”

Klopas reiterated the fact that when taking over the Impact coaching reigns in December he wasn’t so much concerned with the team being able to score goals, but rather with whether it would be able to keep things tight defensively.

So far, the Impact have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their five matches and veteran defender Matteo Ferrari concluded that the team as a whole needs to devote more energy to the defensive phase of the game.

“We have to be more concentrated when we don’t have the ball, because we’re a team that likes to attack, but not to defend, and the back four suffers for it.” Ferrari said. “We have to work more at that and do better for sure, or else every weekend we’ll be here, talking about how we don’t win.”