Turnovers, counters sink Red Bulls at Montreal

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

This is not the way the season was supposed to start.

The defending Supporters’ Shield champion New York Red Bulls fell to the Impact 3-0 at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Dominic Oduro put the home side on top in the 58th minute. Ignacio Piatti doubled the lead 13 minutes later and¬†Anthony Jackson-Hamel added the final goal in the final minute of play to complete the shutout

The result gives the Red Bulls two losses in as many games this season. It also extends their scoreless streak to 180 minutes.

Montreal peppered the Red Bulls early, even as the visitors won the possession battle. Lucas Ontivero and Piatti challenged Robles within the opening 15 minutes, only to have the reigning MLS goalkeeper of the year get the best of them. Ontivero beat Robles in the 18th minute, but his shot was stopped by the post.

New York managed a strong challenge off of a 35 yard dead ball situation, as Sacha Kljestan let loose a cross, finding Gideon Baah for the header that sailed just wide of net.

The Red Bulls settled in to close the opening 45 minutes. However, just like their opening day loss against Toronto, New York were once again exposed in the second half.

Piatti immediately came out challenging the Red Bulls defense to open the half, but couldn’t break through. Oduro, however, fared far better than his teammate. A Gideon Baah turnover deep in the Red Bulls’ third gave Montreal the numbers advantage, finding Oduro alone on the far side of the box. The Ghanaian striker settling the ball and struck true past Robles for the lead in the 58th minute.

Thirteen minutes later, Impact keeper Evan Bush stopped a Bradley Wright-Phillips blast with his face. The rebound served as a counter, catching the Red Bulls press flatfooted and allowing Piatti to break in on goal, beating Robles in the 71st. Jackson-Hamel added the final nail in the final minute, sneaking behind the Red Bulls’ defense and beating Robles one-on-one to end the game.

The Red Bulls return home this Saturday to face the visiting Houston Dynamo.


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  • Slowleftarm

    I just emailed Ali Curtis to set-up an emergency town hall meeting next week.

    • Jimbroni

      No depth,average talent,no creative mid= long season

    • William

      hahahahahahaha yes you do that a most productive use of your time which you have plenty of.

    • Eddy H. Hernandez

      I don’t drink no RED BULL nomore they suck assssssssssss cheese

    • slowleftarm

      I have to admit that was probably the best comment my impostor has written thus far. Too early to panic though. This is the same team that was the best in the league last season, other Miazga leaving and Perrinelle’s injury. I think they’ll turn it around.


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