An incredible goal by Matteo Mancosu gave the Montreal Impact a huge 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls in their MLS Eastern Conference semifinal series. A dominant Red Bulls team could not find the back of the net and it was not for lack of trying.
A sound defensive strategy combined with a quick counter-attack and transition was key to the Impact's success. New York had more than enough clear scoring chances to tie the game and even take the lead. Frustration did show late in the game when Omer Damari was given a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Calum Mallace.
Jesse Marsch Press Conference
#IMFC #RBNY #MTLvNY #MLSCupPlayoffs : Jesse MarschPosted by Kan Football Club on Sunday, October 30, 2016
Mauro Biello Press Conference
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The big challenge for Montreal will be to get a result at red Bull Arena, also known as the purgatory for the Bleu-blanc-noir and its fans. Having beaten D.C. United 4-2 at RFK stadium gives reason to believe that Montreal can go past the Red Bulls and qualify for the first the MLS eastern Conference final.
Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Hassoun Camara, Victor Cabrera, Laurent Ciman, Ambrosie Oyongo; Patrice Bernier (Harry Shipp 90’), Marco Donadel, Hernan Bernadello (Calum Mallace 68’); Dominic Oduro (Johan Venegas 74’), Matteo Mancosu, Ignacio Piatti
Goals: Mancosu (61’)
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Chris Duvall, Damien Perrinelle, Aurelien Collin, Kemar Lawrence (Sal Zizzo 90’); Felipe Martins, Dax McCarty; Alexander Muyl (Omer Damari 82’), Sacha Klještan, Mike Grella (Gonzalo Verón 73’); Bradley Wright-Phillips