As the rain decide to take a break for 90 minutes and some added time, there was hope that the Montreal Impact would break the curse that has plagued the team. A 3-1 loss against the Revs does not bode well for Mauro Biello's team aspirations to the MLS playoffs and beyond.
First 45 : Well that escalated quickly
In about 45 seconds, the New England Revolution made themselves at home after scoring quite early. Kei Kamara, aka Impact killer, heads a ball into past Bush after a breakdown on the left side for Montreal. Oyongo bit too early to slid his way out of the sidelines giving time for the visitors to quickly cross a ball inside the box. The rest you know.
The game decided to open up like Boulevard Rene-Levesque at 2AM (barring construction). Piatti and Drogba took upon themselves to lead the way offensively but the brave visitors held it together. Quite the scruffy game, balls were being lost on both sides but New England had the disadvantage of having a cushion and took advantage of space given by Montreal.
After a few dangerous scoring chances for the home team, the Revolution took a 2-0 lead via a beautiful shot by Rowe, that goes past Bush and off the cross-bar and in.
2nd 45 minutes : Espoir de Drogba crushed by Rowe
With a tactical change that saw Cabrera come in for Toia, thus shifting Camara as a right-back, the pace of the game picked up where it left off. Montreal was rewarded by its multiple efforts on goal to get a penalty called in its favor. A Shipp shot hit a New England player in the hand and the referee did not hesitate to make the difficult call.
Drogba steps up to the plate and scores to make it 2-1.
That did not seem to deter New England that went to score its 3rd goal of the game, after almost conceding the tying goal to Piatti, a few moments earlier.
After so many scoring chances missed by the Impact, the heroic defending by New England killed any chance for any comeback.
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