On Saturday in the MLS season opener in Montreal, the New England Revolution fell to the Montreal Impact 2-1. With the loss, the Revolution drop 0-1-0 on the young MLS season.
“Obviously not a good result. I think Montreal outplayed us on the day.”Bruce Arena on the outcome of the match.
New England took an early led with Gustavo Bou going short off a corner to Christian Penilla who sent a curling ball into the box to find Teal Bunbury. Bunbury rocketed the ball in off the volley to make it 1-nil. This was Bunbury’s 35th career goal with the Revolution. With it, the MLS veteran is tied with Juan Agudelo for 8th all-time in franchise history. Montreal was able to find the equalizer in the 37th minute with Romell Quioto scoring at the far post in the back of a sleeping DeJuan Jones.
Following a half-time substitution of Wilfried Zahibo for Scott Caldwell, the Revs thought they had a lead taking goal. Off a Bou free-kick, Brandon Bye headed a ball to Zahibo who scored over the top of Montreal’s goalkeeper Clement Diop. Unfortunately, after VAR the goal was ruled off-sides with Zahibio in an off-sides position following the header from Bye. Following that overturned goal the momentum clearly flipped to the Impact. Montreal broke the stalemate with Maximilliano Urruit scoring a chip of a goal in the 80th minute.
“It is no excuse but it is tough. But it is apart of the modern game, so it is something you have to deal with and you have to be ready for. Whether you have to be ready to be 2-1 up or 1-1 still. That’s just part of it really. Henrry Kessler on the VAR overturned goal.
New England was missing a number of players due to injury including their star playmaker Carles Gil who has been sidelined with a foot injury. In addition to Gil’s absence, the Revolution were without Antonio Delamea, Seth Sinovic, Luis Caicedo, and Alexander Buttner.
At times the Revolution looked outmatched by the Impact with New England looking slow at times and failed to not only close down attackers but to make smart passes. The chances were there for the second goal including a perfect cross from Bye to Tajon Buchanan in the closing minutes. Buchanan’s header hit the post and a prime scoring chance was squandered.
“But on the day the basic things we did poorly. Passing the ball, winning tackles, and still, we were in a position to maybe get something out of the game. But failed to do that obviously.”Bruce Arena on what went wrong
New England should have come away with a point from this match but failed to do so. While it isn’t the end of the world there seemed to be too many lay-offs by attacking players who delegated rather than taking the shot for themselves. The prime culprits were Diego Fagundez and Penilla who didn’t have that killer instinct that was needed to bury the equalizer.
The Revolution will be back in action next Saturday when they host the Chicago Fire in their 2020 MLS home opener at Gillette Stadium.
“We will re-group and get ready for next Saturday.” Bruce Arena on next week.
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