New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact | MLS Match Preview
NEW YORK RED BULLS vs MONTRÉAL IMPACT
RED BULL ARENA, Harrison, N.J.
July 13, 2013 (WEEK 20, MLS Game #178) 7 p.m. ET (TSN2/RDS; MSG)
The New York Red Bulls and Montréal Impact meet for a third time this season when the clubs clash in a massive match in the Eastern Conference on Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls return home coming off a 2-0 defeat at Colorado in their last match, 10 days ago. The Impact are looking to stop a three-game winless skid, coming back for a 1-1 home draw with Chivas USA last weekend. The teams are separated by just three points at the top of the East table; each team has won on its home ground in the earlier meetings this year.
REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. AR1 (bench): Adam Wienckowski; AR2 (opposite): Eric Proctor; 4th: Robert Sibiga
MLS Career: 170 games; FC/gm: 26.9; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 50; pens: 58
DISABLED LIST: none
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NY: Tim Cahill … MTL: Dennis Iapichino, Hassoun Camara, Felipe Martins, Jeb Brovsky
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: NY: Roy Miller (CRC)
ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Red Bulls 3 wins, 10 goals … Impact 2 wins, 8 goals … Ties 0
AT NEW YORK (2 meetings): Red Bulls 2 wins, 7 goals … Impact 0 wins, 3 goals … Ties 0
3/23: MTL 1, NY 0 (Di Vaio 13)
5/8: NY 2, MTL 1 (Henry (47+,88 – Di Vaio 92+)
- The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Thierry Henry scored a pair of goals – including a remarkable overhead kick in the 88th minute – to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 victory May 8 at Red Bull Arena. Marco Di Vaio scored the game’s lone goal in an Impact victory March 23 in Montréal.
- The Red Bulls have won both meetings all-time in Harrison. They lead the all-time series 3-2-0.
- Coaches record: Mike Petke vs. MTL: P2 W1 L1 T0 … Marco Schallibaum vs. NY: P2 W1 L1 T0
- The Red Bulls opened the scoring with a goal in first-half stoppage time. After seeing an effort from Eric Alexander smash off the woodwork and back into play, Fabian Espíndola collected the ball near the end line and played it across to Thierry Henry for an easy finish from close range.
- The eventual winner came through some late magic from Henry. Markus Holgersson flicked on Juninho's corner kick, and the Red Bulls captain soared into the air, connecting superbly on an overhead kick to make it 2-0 in the 88th minute.
- The Impact struck back in added time, Marco Di Vaio pulling a goal back with a low shot inside the near post from the right side of the penalty area, but they could not find a second.
- NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-1-3-2): Luis Robles - Kosuke Kimura, Jamison Olave, Markus Holgersson, Heath Pearce - Tim Cahill - Eric Alexander, Juninho, Jonny Steele (Roy Miller 88) - Peguy Luyindula (Fabian Espindola 25), Thierry Henry (Andre Akpan 90).
- MONTREAL IMPACT (4-1-4-1): Troy Perkins - Jeb Brovsky, Matteo Ferrari, Hassoun Camara, Dennis Iapichino - Patrice Bernier - Justin Mapp, Felipe Martins, Andres Romero (Blake Smith 74), Sanna Nyassi - Andrew Wenger (Marco Di Vaio 66).
NEW YORK RED BULLS
The New York Red Bulls weren’t able to make it back-to-back victories in their last match, suffering a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids on July 4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Red Bulls are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 28 points from 19 matches.
- The Rapids finally broke through two minutes into the second half. After a half-cleared corner kick was sent back goalward by Drew Moor, his volley was blocked off the line by New York defender Markus Holgersson. But Nathan Sturgis was there to hammer the rebound into the roof of the goal from close range.
- The lead was doubled in the 68th minute. Chris Klute stole the ball at the edge of the Red Bulls area and drove a low cross to the back post where substitute Deshorn Brown came sliding in to provide the final touch over the line.
- Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke made no changes to the team that defeated the Houston Dynamo 2-0 at Red Bull Arena.
- NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-4-2): Luis Robles - Brandon Barklage, Jamison Olave, Markus Holgersson, Connor Lade (Kosuke Kimura 53) - Eric Alexander, Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill, Jonny Steele (Lloyd Sam 76) - Fabian Espindola (Peguy Luyindula 78), Thierry Henry.
- The Red Bulls were shut out for a second consecutive match on the road, and lost for a third time in the last four games overall.
- “Before the goal, it was to pretty much continue defensively what we did in the first half, which was be very stingy [and] get in solid shape,” Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke said. “Once we got that goal, we gave up the goal very early, you're almost forced to push a little bit more even though you have 43 minutes left and then the game just opens up and it becomes a you-know-what show.”
- The Red Bulls have conceded six goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches, tied with D.C. United for the most in MLS.
- “The early goal just deflates you,” midfielder Dax McCarty said. “It's just a set piece. They aren't dangerous the whole game, one set piece, and it's a broken play. What can you say? It's a broken play, it's a lucky goal and Sturgis finishes off well.”
- Petke ran out an unchanged side in Colorado, meaning it was a second consecutive start at left back for Connor Lade, his first two MLS starts of the season.
- “The last game we played well in the first half and in the second half we did not play together, we didn’t hold the team tight like we want. We lost our game plan and they scored another goal,” said center back Markus Holgersson. “Before that, against Houston, we played very well and a couple of games before that we played well defensively. It is important to have Olave back in the lineup because we play well together.”
- The day before the match, the Red Bulls announced the departure of Brazilian midfielder Juninho Pernambucano. Juninho had no goals and four assists in 13 appearances (10 starts) since arriving at the club before the start of the season.
- “We are very disappointed that Juninho has decided to return to Brazil because he is a great professional and a very talented footballer,” said Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh.
The Montréal Impact came back for a second consecutive late draw, getting a late penalty for a 1-1 tie with Chivas USA on Sunday afternoon at Stade Saputo. The Impact lead the Eastern Conference with 31 points from 17 matches.
- Chivas USA broke through on 55 minutes. Jose Correa sent in a low cross which deflected back into the center of the box, and Eric Avila crushed it first-time off the crossbar and down onto the goal line. Avila collected the rebound and finally beat Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
- The Impact found the equalizer 10 minutes from the end. Sanna Nyassi was released into the left side of the box, and defender Mario de Luna caught Nyassi with a sliding challenge, leading referee Allen Chapman to point to the spot. Patrice Bernier made no mistake with the resulting penalty, beating Kennedy to his left.
- Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum made two changes to the team that reached a 3-3 draw with Toronto FC at BMO Field. Collen Warner and Sanna Nyassi came back into the team in place of Patrice Bernier and Davy Arnaud.
- MONTREAL IMPACT (4-4-2): Troy Perkins - Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Jeb Brovsky - Andres Romero (Blake Smith 70), Collen Warner, Felipe Martins (Patrice Bernier 68), Sanna Nyassi - Daniele Paponi, Marco Di Vaio (Andrew Wenger 86).
- The Impact reached a second consecutive draw and saw their league winless run extended to three matches, their longest of the season.
- “It’s unfortunate that we only earned one point. We did enough to score a few goals, maybe make it 2-1 or even 3-1, but we couldn’t break through,” said Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum. “However, coming back to earn a point after being down for a second game in a row is important as these little points here and there will be important at the end of the season.”
- Said defender Hassoun Camara: “We have to admit that this is a tough spell for us, with only two points out of a possible nine. There’s a lot of physical fatigue, a little mental fatigue, but it’s a long season and we had to expect that. We have to be strong and stay the course.”
- Patrice Bernier scored his second goal of the season, both from the penalty spot. Since coming to MLS last season, Bernier has scored 11 goals, eight from the penalty spot; he has converted all eight penalties he has taken in league play.
- “Despite not playing our best, our morale is good. During a period like now where we aren’t playing our best, we realize that coming back and earning points in two games where we behind is a positive thing,” said Bernier. “Now we have some time to rest and relax and recharge the batteries before those games.”
- Collen Warner returned to the starting lineup for the first time since June 15, a span of three matches, while Sanna Nyassi was in the first team after a two-match absence.
- “Sanna was very important tonight,” defender Hassoun Camara said. “I think he was the man of the match. He brought us a lot, drove forward and offered many options in attack, which greatly helped us find space. We were missing that, these past few games.”
- The Impact had allowed seven goals in their previous two matches, but conceded just the single goal to Chivas USA.
- “In general, we were solid at the back apart from that one costly mistake,” Schällibaum said. “I don’t think they got another chance. That’s not bad. And with all due respect, against teams like those, if you don’t make the difference early on, the game’s going to get tougher. With the chances we created, we could have won the game.”