Once again the Montreal Impact won a regular-season match. Once again the New York Red Bulls failed to earn their first victory of 2013. When is the right time to start booking postseason packages for your favorite team? When is the right time to panic about your team’s position in the cellar?
Montreal and New York are looking at radically different realities after the Impact won 1-0 at Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Marco Di Vaio’s 14th minute goal put Montreal five points clear in the Eastern Conference standings… and left the Red Bulls reeling in 9th in the East.
The Red Bulls have publicly said they are not panicking, with two and a half dozen matches remaining to right the ship. New York traveled north of the border without injured Designated Player Thierry Henry, and were also without Tim Cahill due to international duty for his native Australia.
They continued to generate offensive chances throughout the match, credited with two more attempts on goal than the Impact. But despite sixteen opportunities, the Red Bulls put just three on target and failed to put any serious pressure on Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
Montreal, on the opposite end of the table, seemingly can do no wrong. Nearly half of their shots (6-of-14) were on target, forcing Luis Robles to work all night long on the goal line. Patrice Bernier collected a failed header clearance, looped a ball into the box and Di Vaio instinctively ran onto the pass with a left-footed one-timer past Robles. The Impact would force the keeper into more work, but only one goal would be yielded. And when New York tried to increase the pressure in the second half, Montreal’s defense was game to the challenge and snatched away the full three points. From darkhorse in the preseason to budding juggernaut, the Impact have dominated March.
NEW YORK RED BULLS @ MONTREAL IMPACT
March 23, 2013
- 14′ — MTL/Marco Di Vaio (Patrice Bernier)
- MTL (4-1-4-1): Troy Perkins; Jeb Brovsky, Karl Ouimette, Matteo Ferrari, Hassoun Camara; Patrice Bernier; Andrea Pisanu (Justin Mapp/62′), Felipe Martins (Callum Mallace/75′), Davy Arnaud, Andres Romero (Andrew Wenger/84′); Marco Di Vaio
- NY (4-4-2): Luis Robles; Kosuke Kimura, Heath Pearce, Markus Holgersson, Brandon Barklage; Jonathan Steele (Connor Lade/69′), Dax McCarty, Juninho, Eric Alexander (Lloyd Sam/83′); Fabian Espindola, Paguy Luyindula (Josue Martinez/79′)