MONTREAL - A sudden moment of defensive indecision helped Kansas City to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday.
In the 87th minute of play, with the game tied at 1-1, Sporting midfielder Lawrence Olum played a pass over the Montreal defense. The ball was, however, played too far for any Kansas City defender to latch on to and instead fell in the vicinity of Impact defender, Heath Pearce, who simply let the ball roll past him towards Troy Perkins in goal.
It should have been a harmless situation, except that neither player made a decisive decision as to what to do with the ball - Pearce expected Perkins to gather it, while Perkins expected Pearce to clear it away. Having sensed the confusion, Kansas forward, C.J Sapong, rushed onto the scene and Perkins was ultimately forced to kick the ball away himself. But the goalkeeper’s frantic clearance only went as far as an onrushing Dominic Dwyer, and the KC forward easily slotted the ball into an empty net.
Perkins opined that Pearce should not have let the ball roll past him, but play the ball immediately himself instead.
“Ideal situation the ball is cleared, and he doesn’t turn with it,” Perkins told assembled media after the game.
After losing to a late goal against Chivas USA last week in Los Angeles, conceding another fatal late goal was difficult to swallow for Impact head coach, Frank Klopas. In the post-game press conference, he was lost for words to explain how his team continues to commit critical defensive errors.
“What can I say to that? If you see the goals we’ve give up the last two games, it’s hard to accept right now,” Klopas said. “It’s a difficult one, because I felt it was pretty solid performance.”
The Impact currently sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Defender Matteo Ferrari attributed the Impact’s dismal state to these kinds of defensive gaffes, which continue to occur.
“That’s why we’re last in the standings,” Ferrari told RDS, before walking off the field.
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