With a new look line-up, the Montreal Impact took on the New England Revolution on Saturday night. As Frank Klopas and the whole organisation was looking toward the midweek CCL game vs the New York Red Bulls, inexperienced players took on the pitch to represent the bleu-Blanc-noir.
The 2-1 win is indicative of Montreal's ability to muster a positive result or at least the quest to get one. Down to 10-men for the last 30 minutes of the game, when Krol was sent off for 2 yellow cards, the revamped squad was able to compete against a talented revolution team.
The visitors opened the score at the 13th minute with a goal from Calum Mallace, his first career MLS goal. Jack McInerney steals the ball from Farrell as the Revolution defender trips himself as he tried to recover the ball. McInerney passes the ball to Mallace who taps in his first career MLS goal.
But Rowe and Nguyen score minutes apart to take the lead and give New England its 5th win in a row. It was also the 3rd consecutive comeback win for the most patriotic team in MLS.
Rowe's equalizer came off his right foot after the 2012 third pick overall took a shot from outside the box. Perkins could only get a hand on it but not enough to make the save. The Impact's goalkeeper had to made 8 saves during the game and kept his team alive for 90+ minutes.
Nguyen, who has been on fire of late, takes advantage of a defensive error by Montréal, goes around Perkins and lobs him to give New England the lead.
Klopas made a few changes to rest players as the Impact have a big CCL game this Wednesday against the Red Bulls for a chance to redeem a bad MLS season.
It was a night's of firsts though the result did not go Montreal's way.