MONTREAL – Friendly matches don’t usually offer as much entertainment as there was Tuesday night at Saputo Stadium between the Montreal Impact and Olympique Lyonnais. The game finished 1-1 through ninety minutes after two superb first half goals from Lyon’s Jeremy Pied and the Impact’s Andrew Wenger. Lyon would eventually win the game in penalty shootout.
Both goalkeepers were on fine form in the match. Lyon’s Hugo Lloris made several fantastic saves, including one off Justin Mapp in the 30th minute of the first half that looked a sure goal.
Impact backup goalkeeper Evan Bush was up to the task as well and made a bunch of terrific saves that kept the home side in the game. Montreal head coach Jesse Marsch expressed his content at the 26-year-old’s performance in the postgame press conference
“We like Evan Bush a lot,” said Marsch. “I think that he’s a great goalie and has a great future. He’s moved himself along this entire season and I watched him play last year and I knew he was a good goalie. The performance he had tonight for me wasn’t anything surprising. I expected him to go and play well and I’m happy for him.”
Being only the second time Bush has started a game this season, the Ohio native said that being able to play well when called upon was a good confidence booster.
“I look at the game as an opportunity to get 90 minutes and see what I can do,” said Bush. “I felt good in training for a long time, I felt comfortable in D.C. when I played and I felt comfortable out there again today. It’s good for me personally to feel that way.”
Despite Bush’s excellent display on the night and Ricketts' inconsistency in the season so far, Marsch explained that Ricketts would remain the number one goalkeeper nonetheless.
“Donovan [Ricketts] is our guy,” Marsch insisted. “It’s never easy to be an expansion goalie, but we know how talented Donovan is and how experienced he is. He’s still our guy.”
The Impact take on the New York Red Bulls Saturday at Saputo Stadium, while Lyon prepare for the French Super Cup final against Montpellier on Saturday in New York City.