MONTREAL, Quebec – The Montreal Impact (2-2-1) lost to the New England Revolution (1-1-1) by a 2-1 score, Tuesday morning, in Reserve League action, at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex.
The Revolution caught the Impact off guard in the game’s opening seconds when forward Alec Purdie slid one past goalkeeper Greg Sutton, beating him to his right.
Then in the 10th minute, the Impact tied it up when midfielder Collen Warner played a ball back from the goal line to midfielder Felipe waiting near the penalty spot. With one touch, Felipe set up his right foot and beat goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the bottom right corner.
The second half began in much the same way as the first, with a breakdown that led to a breakaway for Jeremiah White, who put one past Sutton as he charged out of the goal to challenge him in the 51st minute.
“It was good to get a run in,” said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. “We need to continue to figure out how to take performances and turn them into results. There were some good things there, but we are not happy with the result. These reserve games are meaningful so regardless of who is on the field, both teams come to play.”
“We don’t want to be taking too long off in between games, and get 90 minutes in a real game situation,” said Impact captain Davy Arnaud. “It’s good for our fitness level. We want to be tough defensively and get back to not conceding goals to prepare for the game on June 16 at home and to win games at our field.”
The Impact nearly got one back in the 60th minute when forward Andrew Wenger ran down a loose ball inside the box and played a ball cross crease to midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic, who one-timed a blast that was stopped by the keeper.
In the 69th minute, defender Nelson Rivas left the pitch due to a left knee injury and was replaced by forward Sanna Nyassi.
The Impact will play its next regular season game against the Seattle Sounders FC on June 16 at 7:30pm. This game will mark the official re-opening of Stade Saputo. New 12-game season ticket packages for all matches at Stade Saputo are available via impactmontreal.com, or by calling 514-328-3668.
MTL: GK – Greg Sutton; D- Davy Arnaud, Nelson Rivas (Sanna Nyassi 68’), Shavar Thomas, Jeb Brovsky; M – Patrice Bernier, Collen Warner, Justin Mapp (Tyson Wahl 45’), Felipe (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 45’); F – Bernardo Corradi (Miguel Montano 45’), Andrew Wenger
Unused Substitutes: GK – Evan Bush
NER: GK – Bobby Shuttleworth; D – Tyler Polak, Darrius Barnes, John Lozano, Devin Devoy; M – Kelyn Rowe (Jack Hilger 53’), Michael Roach, Jeremiah White (Mitchell Tainter 68’), Dominik Machado; F – Diego Fagundez, Alec Purdie (Blake Brettschneider 81’)
Unused subs: GK Mathew Mozyski
NE - Purdie 1’
MTL – Felipe 10’
NE - White 51’
MTL – Arnaud 75’
MTL - Montano 90+’