‘Baby Bulls’ fall to first team Montreal in CCL action


MONTREAL – New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke gambled on a young lineup against the Montreal Impact in CONCACAF Champions League action Wednesday night, but his side fell short in a 1-0 loss at Saputo Stadium.

Impact striker Marco Di Vaio beat Ryan Meara in the 16th minute for the lone and decisive goal of the match.

The win puts Montreal in the driver’s seat in their Champions League Group, taking two from FAS and winning their first against the Red Bulls. New York, however, are still in the hunt, with a match remaining against FAS in El Salvador and Montreal at Red Bull Arena.

Petke went deep into his bench to field his starting XI, with second year player Ian Christianson and rookie Eric Stevenson earning their first professional starts alongside seldom used players Ruben Bover, Marius Obekop, Damien Perrinelle, Ryan Meara and a returning Connor Lade. How inexperienced was this lineup? The players in the starting XI managed only 26 starts in total this season.

Montreal countered with a veteran laden side that sought to exploit New York early. Dynamic Argentine playmaker Ignacio Piatti created the first bit of danger for the Impact, ringing a low, beating Meara just three minutes into the match but bouncing his shot off the far post from 25 yards out.

Montreal continued the pressure, and Piatti remained the focal point. The Impact midfielder found Di Vaio on the far right flank with a cross in space. The Italian midfielder beat the trap, controlled the ball, dribbled passed Eckersley into the area and slammed a shot through Meara for the opening goal in the 16th minute.

New York’s young guns took momentum back midway through the first half. Eckersley earned perhaps the best chance for the Red Bulls all evening, sending a flick header from a dead ball situation on frame, forcing keeper Evan Bush to sprawl out for the save. Five minutes later, Christianson launched a shot from distance but Bush was there to cover.

Returning Red Bull midfielder Connor Lade was perhaps the most vibrant player on the field for New York. However, he picked up a weak yellow card in the 76th minute after being issued a card earlier in the match, leaving New York down a man for the remainder of the encounter.

Andres Romero nearly doubled the lead in the 88th minute, breaking through the middle of the Red Bull defense. New York ran out of time — and answers — dropping their CCL group record to 2-1.

New York’s next CCL match takes place on the 24th in El Salvador against CD FAS. For now, they look forward to a crucial encounter at Red Bull Arena this weekend as New York hosts Seatttle.

Montreal Impact 1, New York Red Bulls 0
September 17, 2014

CONCACAF Champions League

Stade Saputo, Montreal, Canada

Scoring Summary:

MTL: Marco Di Vaio (Ignacio Piatti) 16

Disciplinary Summary:
Damien Perrinelle (caution) 21

MTL: Matteo Ferrari (caution) 26

MTL: Andres Romero (caution) 69

NY: Connor Lade (caution) 70

MTL: Marco Di Vaio (caution) 74

NY: Connor Lade (ejection) 77

New York Red Bulls (1-1-0, 3 pts.): Ryan Meara, Kosuke Kimura, Damien Perrinelle, Armando, Richard Eckersley, Connor Lade, Ian Christianson, Marius Obekop, Ruben Bover (Dax McCarty 82′), Eric Stevenson, Saer Sene (Eric Alexander 79′)

Substitutes not used: Santiago Castano, Ibrahim Sekagya, Roy Miller, Chris Duvall, Matt Miazga
Montreal Impact (3-0-0, 9 pts.): Evan Bush, Eric Miller, Matteo Ferrari, Heath Pearce, Hassoun Camara, Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare,  Calum Mallace, Dilly Duka (Anthony Jackson  90′), Ignacio Piatti (Wandrille Lefevre 81′), Andres Romero, Marco Di Vaio (Jack McInerney 82′)
Substitutes not used:Troy Perkins, Louis Beland-Goyette, Karl Ouimette, Futty Danso
Referee:Neal Brizon (TRI)

Referee’s Assistants: Ainsley Rochard (TRI), Clifton Garnes (BRB)

4th Referee: Javier Santos (PUR)

Attendance: 13,835


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  • To be honest, I thought we would get a serious beat down Chicago Open Cup style with the line-up Petke put up, but a one goal loss would hopefully mean a multi-goal shutout down in El Salvador and a win at home against Montreal to seal the spot could still happen for us.

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