The Montreal Impact continued their recent run of solid play with one or two major gaffes that cost them games.
Once Issey Nakajima-Ferran was sent off for a red card in the 65th minute, the Impact allowed two second half goals to fall 3-1 to Real Salt Lake in Utah last night.
Hassoun Camara scored his first goal of the season for the Impact to tie the game up at one going into half time. Camara took a pass from Calum Mallace and fired the shot into the far corner. However, the Impact could not bounce back from a controversial red card.
"“The red card changed everything in this game. We had a chance to go on a breakaway and both players went down for the ball. How can you give a red card on a play like that,” said Impact head coach Frank Klopas in a press release. “I thought that we had the game under control. We were managing the game well but we got that call. We made a few changes in the lineup to manage the group with Sunday’s game coming.”"
Evan Bush started in goal for the Impact for the second straight game as they have three games in a nine-day span. He was very good for the Impact making eight saves in the game which is the most since the team moved to MLS.
"“They are a very good team so I was ready for that,” said goalkeeper Evan Bush in the same release. “We held the fort but then the red card came. We knew they were going to push with their outside backs. We wanted to take advantage of our opportunities on the transition. We did well in the first half.”"
Impact Academy product Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé played his first career minutes in MLS when he replaced Mallace in the 62nd minute.
The Impact get set return to Montreal on Friday. Their next game will see them face off against Portland at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday night at Saputo Stadium.
The season has not been easy for the Impact, but if their play has been improving and if not for their costly mistakes, could have a lot more to show for it in the standings.