The Impact's 1-0 win over C.D. FAS in CONCACAF Champions League did not translate into MLS wins as the Montreal Impact lost 2-1 to the Philadelphia Union over the weekend. But it was much better performance by the bleu-blanc-noir that would have enjoyed a win at PPL park amidst a horrible MLS season.
As Sebastien LeToux scored a brace for Philadelphia, Maxim Tissot scores the Impact's only goal for honour and a chance for late comeback that never happened.
Mastering the art of self-inflicted wounds, own goals and miscommunication, Montreal gifted LeToux the easiest goal of his professional career. Taking advantage of miscommunication between Bernier, Krol and then Perkins, the Flying Frenchman taps in a goal into an empty net for the lead, at the 11th minute.
The frenchman scores his second goal of the game came at the 63rd minute when he takes advantage of generous space given by the Impact back-line and shoots from right inside the 18-year box to beat Perkins.
What could have been the final nail on the Impact's coffin became a wake-up call as the team picked up the pace and took advantage of motivated and difference-makers in the substitutions made by Frank Klopas and his staff. Duka, Jackson-Hamel and Tissot had positive impacts on the game.
Tissot sneaks behind the Philadelphia back-line and masterfully deflects a pass from Andres Romero to score his second goal of the season. A few minutes earlier, Jackson-Hamel's cheeky back-heel finds MacMath's post and was unfortunate and unlucky not to have scored then.
That theme was picked up by Frank Klopas who is wondering " why we lost the game today" and was hoping for the guys to get a break. As a whole the Impact had more opportunities than it had in the past but the confidence is still at a low point as indicated by the mental mistakes done on the defensive side of the pitch.
Montreal has time to regroup and pick up where it left off when it will host the Chicago Fire at Stade Saputo on August 16th.
Bonus Feature: Anthony Jackson-Hamel
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MTL - GK-Troy Perkins; D-Eric Miller, Wandrille Lefèvre, Matteo Ferrari, Krzysztof Krol; M-Gorka Larrea, Felipe (Dilly Duka 67'), Patrice Bernier, Andrés Romero , Justin Mapp (Maxim Tissot 75'); F-Jack McInerney (Anthony Jackson-Hamel 67')
Subs not used: GK-Evan Bush; D-Karl W. Ouimette; M-Issey Nakajima-Farran, Calum Mallace
PHI - GK-Zac MacMath; D-Carlos Valdes, Raymon Giddis, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams; M-Maurice Edu, Sebastien Le Toux, Vincent Nogueira (Fred 86'), Danny Cruz (Andrew Wenger 62'), Brian Carroll; F-Conor Casey (Brian Brown 72')
Subs not used: GK-Andre Blake; D-Amobi Okugo, Fabinho; M-Michael Lahoud
PHI - Le Toux 12'
PHI - Le Toux (Wenger) 63'
MTL - Tissot (Romero) 79'