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Fact & Feats - NYRB v IMFC.

A statistical look at Impact’s MLS history with the Red Bulls, ahead of this weekend’s clash . . .

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The Last Time. Blerim Dzemaili (blue) clashes with Red Bulls’ Damien Perrinelle on the Impact’s most recent visit to Red Bull Arena - July 2017.
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Montreal has met NYRB 15 times in regular season play, since becoming an MLS club. Only two of those meetings have ended level, Montreal has won 4 times, NYRB, 9, including the only away success in the series. Red Bulls has scored 31 goals to Montreal’s 19.

At Red Bull Arena, there has been 8 meetings. NYRB has won the lot, scoring 25 goals and conceding 7. In shipping more than 3 goals per game, Montreal has twice lost 0-4, and also suffered 2-5 and 2-4 defeats. It is their least favorite away venue.

Montreal has fared better against NYRB in other competitions. The teams have met twice in CONCACAF Champions League play (IMFC 1-0-1), and as many times in MLS Play-offs (IMFC 2-0-0). Impact has won three and drawn one of these games, scoring 5 times and conceding 2.

HIGHEST ATTENDANCE -

The highest attendance for any game between the two clubs was 27,545, recorded at Stade Olympique on 12 March 2016. Montreal won 3-0. The highest attendance at Red Bull Arena was also set in 2016, when Impact recorded their only victory (2-1) to date, at the venue, in that November’s Eastern Conference Play-off semi-finals.

WINNING STREAKS –

As well has NYRB’s phenomenal consistency at Red Bull Arena over the Impact, they also once went on a run of 6 games without tasting defeat against the Quebecers. The run began on 8 May 2103 and lasted to 12 March 2016, when second-half goals by Oduro, Piatti and substitute Jackson-Hamel gave Montreal their biggest win in the series (3-0, referenced above).

GOALS & ASSISTS -

When it comes to goals and assists, one man dominates the series. In only 5 appearances, Thierry Henry recorded 9 goals and 4 assists. IMFC must’ve been very happy to see the back of the former World Cup winner. While his 9 goals are a series-leading stat, his assists tally is bettered by Felipe Martens who recorded 5, all in the blue of Montreal. Strangely, Felipe recorded neither a goal, nor an assist for NYRB v IMFC.

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Thierry Henry - unrivalled as a goalscorer in the series.
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Montreal’s highest regular season scorer against NYRB is Marco Di Vaio (3). Ignacio Piatti and Dominic Oduro are the highest-scoring current players with 2 apiece (Nacho also has 2 post-season goals to his credit against the Red Bulls).

Bradley Wright-Phillips (NYRB) is the current player with most series goals to his credit, with 5.

Of all current players in respect of assists, Ignacio Piatti (IMFC) and Sean Davis (NYRB) lead the way with 2 each.

Fastest goal recorded in the series was in the 5th min, by Andres Romero in a 2-2 tie at Stade Olympique in April 2014. in September 2016. NYRB’s fastest goal was by Eric Alexander (10th min) in a 4-0 rout at Red Bull Arena in July 2013.

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Andres Romero was quick of the mark back in April 2014, scoring the fastest-ever goal in the series.
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The latest goal recorded in the series was scored by substitute Anthony Jackson-Hamel in the 4th min of added time during Montreal’s 3-0 success at Stade Olympique in March 2016.

The most frequently occurring score-lines between the sides at Red Bull Arena is 4-0 home win and 2-1 home win. Each result has happened twice.

4-0 is also the largest margin of victory between the teams.

NYRB’s 5-2 victory at Red Bull Arena in March 2012, is the highest scoring game between the sides. Thierry Henry’s hat-trick in this game, is the only time this feat has been achieved in the series.

No Montreal player has ever scored more than one goal in a regular season game against NYRB. Ignacio Piatti, has managed it once in post-season, scoring twice at Red Bull Arena in that 2016 Eastern Conference Play-off semi-final.

WHO’S TURNED UP MOST -

Red Bulls’ long-serving custodian Luis Robles has made most appearances in the series (MLS Reg Season only) with 12. Red Bulls’ outfield player with most apps against IMFC is Dax McCarty (11), now of course a Chicago Fire player. Current Red Bulls outfield player with most apps against IMFC is Englishman, Bradley Wright-Phillips with 9.

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Luis Robles (NYRB). record number of appearances in the series. Will Saturday be Unlucky 13?
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Patrice Bernier with 11 (8+3) is IMFC’s most frequently appearing player against NYRB. Hassoun Camara made the same number of starts (8) but appeared from the bench on only 1 occasion.

Of current IMFC players, Evan Bush and Ignacio Piatti have most experience facing the Red Bulls. They’ve 7 apps each, with one of Piatti’s coming from the bench.

COACH’S CORNER -

Percentage-wise, Mike Petke of NYRB (3-1-1) has been the most successful coach in the series. All NYRB coaches to have faced IMFC have posted better than .500 records in the series. Jesse Marsch (4-2-1) with NYRB and (1-2-0) with IMFC and Swede, Hans Backe (2-1-0) are the others.

Four Montreal coaches have faced NYRB in regular season play. The only one not to record a victory was Frank Klopas, and only Mauro Biello (2) managed to defeat NYRB more than once. Marsch, Schallibaum and Klopas had three games in charge, Biello, six.

LAST LINE OF DEFENCE -

Luis Robles leads the series in shut-outs with 3 (12 matches), although Evan Bush with 2, from fewer games (7), has a superior shut-out average. Evan has conceded 11 goals in 7 games v NYRB. Robles 13 in 12 matches v IMFC.

Bush is the goalkeeper with most starts in the series for Montreal.

DISCIPLINARY –

Four players have seen red in regular season play, one on two occasions.

Ambroise Oyongo leads the series on red cards. He’s picked up 2, while facing NYRB, his former club, at Red Bull Arena, while Laurent Ciman also saw red for two accumulating two yellow cards in a 1-1 tie at Stade Saputo in 2015.

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Ambroise Oyongo seen here tussling with Sacha Kljestan, has the dubious distinction of leading the series in red cards. The African Championship winner, now with Montpelier SC in Ligue Un, was on the receiving end of straight red cards twice!
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NYRB’s former Icelandic international, Victor Palsson and Brandon Barklage, each were dismissed for accumulating two yellow cards in the early years of the fixture in separate matches at Stade Olympique.