MONTREAL - It was the season in a nutshell.
The Montreal Impact finished off their first season in MLS with a 1-0 loss to the New England Revolution Saturday afternoon at Saputo Stadium in a game that the home side had dominated from start to finish.
The Impact created countless opportunities, but were simply unable to find the back of the net, and the Revs made them pay for their lack of finishing with the sort of goal seen plenty of times this season: one that was against the run of play, on a set piece, and in the final 15 minutes.
Head coach Jesse Marsch said in the post-game press conference that he was disappointed to have finished off the season by losing yet another game that really should have been won.
“It felt like we did enough to deserve the win, but we just couldn’t make the play and it’s incredibly frustrating in the end when you give up a goal like that, after a game that you’ve totally dominated,” said Marsch. "Another game late, we give it away."
Patrice Bernier, who before kickoff was named the team’s most valuable player of the season, explained that the game was like a rerun of everything that went wrong with the Impact this season.
“I’m not sure [if the plan] was to do a replay of everything that’s happened this season,” said Bernier. “We had so many chances and they only had one or two and they scored."
In what was likely the last game of his professional career, Impact forward Eddy Sebrango, came on in the final 10 minutes of the match to try and snatch a result for the Impact like he’s done on so many occasions throughout his career, but his entry was to no avail this time.
The 39-year-old veteran was still, however, happy to get out on the field and get a warm standing ovation from the crowd.
“I was excited to at least get involved,” said Sebrango. “I [came] close to scoring, but it was fun to get on the field and feel the [energy of the] fans."
Despite not making the playoffs and ending the season on a more negative note, Marsch explained that he was very satisfied with the way the players comported themselves throughout the season and that he expects good things in the near future.
“The thing for sure that I’m pleased with and proud of, even though it’s a tough moment because of the way we lose that game, [is] everything that this group has put into this season,” said Marsch. “I’m very appreciative of the kind of men that are in that locker-room and the kind of commitment they’ve shown to each other and to being part of this team.
“Certainly, [I] thank them very much and know that there is a bright future for this club."