The 3rd-place New England Revolution took advantage of a young Montreal Impact squad featured by Frank Klopas, en route to a 2-1 win. Kelyn Rowe and Lee Nyugen scored two minutes apart in the first half to secure the victory for their side.
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“We had a decent start, ” said rookie Jeremy Gagnon Lapare, who started his first full game in Major League soccer. “But we couldn’t contain their pressure [at] moments and they scored two quick goals. It made it tough for us after that.”
The Impact actually scored the first goal of the game, when Calum Mallace slotted home his first career goal.
In the 13th minute, Jack McInerney was sprung in behind the defense by ‘Futty’ Danso. Jack Mac out-muscled his man and waited for support. It came in the form of Mallace and the big Scotsman made no mistake tapping in the low cross.
“It’s nice to get that first goal,” said Mallace in a press release. “I’ve been here for a while now and have played some significant minutes this year, so it was nice to get that first one.”
In the 23rd, Kelyn Rowe scored on a shot from 30 yards out. The shot was dipping and came through a crowd, but still looked like it should have been a routine save for Troy Perkins. Perkins would redeem himself though, making a couple of big stops later in the game.
One of the breakout stars of the MLS season, Lee Nguyen, capped off a great move by the Revolution to give them the lead of good just two minutes later.
With three matches in seven days (including a big mid-week tie with the New York Red Bulls), Klopas decided to rest some of his starters, such as Evan Bush, Marco Di Vaio and Nacho Piatti.
The Bleu, Blanc, Noir were also hampered by injuries to no less than seven of their big-time players this weekend. Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Maxim Tissot, Gege Soriola, Gorka Larrea, Justin Mapp and Patrice Bernier were all unavailable for the match. Meanwhile, Karl Ouimette was out for personal reasons, following the passing of his sister.
Klopas thought his team performed well, despite the missing players.
"“I’ve never been in this kind of situation before with all the injuries, but I thought the guys left everything on the field tonight. Our young players stepped in, took the challenge and I’m extremely happy for them. I’m excited about the future of this team.”"
That’s some very high praise and I think all Impact supporters should be as excited as Klopas.
Perhaps we will look back at the highlights of this game in a few years and chuckle a bit about how our current squad performed back then.