Troy Perkins is usually the unsung hero for the Montreal Impact. But against the Chicago Fire, the veteran MLS goalkeepers' blunder gave Mike Magee an easy goal and a 2-1 lead, that seemed unsurmountable under the circumstances.
It all started when Marco Di Vaio scores the first goal of the game , his 19th in MLS. Davy Arnaud shakes and bakes his way outside the 18-yard box and finds Di Vaio between 2 Fire defenders and beats Sean Johnson.
Taking a lead at the first half is not new to the Montreal Impact but being able to keep that lead on the road was a difficult task for Les Bleus in 2013. After slow-paced half, the game picked up and Mike Magee reminded everyone why he should be considered a league MVP.
Two goals from Magee gave the lead to the Chicago Fire. At the 57th minute, Alex takes a long range shot that is deflected by the Impact defence. The rebound finds Magee, who was hiding between Wandrille Lefevre and Jeb Brovsky, and slots the ball in past Troy Perkins.
At the 73rd minute, Perkins made sure to be part of the highlight reel for Blunders of the year not just in MLS but around the soccer world. He keeps the ball too long as he wanted to clear the ball but Magee's pressing and Perkins' unfortunate brain cramp gives the Fire its second goal. Magee pokes the ball from Perkins and slots it into an open net for the easiest goal of his career.
Magee should have had a hat-trick after he missed a penalty kick that hit the crossbar ; as if the Soccer Gods had a sense of humour.
The momentum shifted for Les Bleus as Academy graduate Maxime Tissot heads a ball on the back post and beats Sean Johnson for a dramatic end of game and a precious point for the Montreal Impact.