Montreal Impact vs. Real Salt Lake | MLS Match Preview
MONTRÉAL IMPACT vs REAL SALT LAKE
STADE SAPUTO, Montréal, Qué.
May 11, 2013 (WEEK 11, MLS Game #95)
2 p.m. ET (TVA; KUCW)
The Montréal Impact will be looking to get back to their winning ways as they return home to face a Real Salt Lake completing a two-game Eastern road swing. The Impact dropped a game on the road at midweek, falling 2-1 at the New York Red Bulls in a battle for Eastern Conference leadership. Real opened their road trip by putting together back-toback wins for the first time this season, coming back for a 2-1 win at the New England Revolution.
REFEREE: Allen Chapman. AR1 (bench): Corey Parker; AR2 (opposite): Jason Cullum; 4th: Mathieu Bourdeau
MLS Career: 16 games; FC/gm: 20.6; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 2; pens: 14
DISABLED LIST: none
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: RSL: Lovel Palmer
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (1 meeting): Impact 0 wins, 0 goals … Real 1 win, 1 goal … Ties 0
AT MONTRÉAL: First meeting.
LAST YEAR (MLS)
4/4: RSL 1, MTL 0 (Paulo Jr 13)
- This is the only meeting of the season between the two clubs.
- Real Salt Lake won the first meeting ever between the clubs, a 1-0 triumph last April 4 at Rio Tinto Stadium on a Paulo Junior penalty kick.
- Coaches record: Jason Kreis vs. MTL: P1 W1 L0 T0 … Marco Schallibaum vs. NY: first game
The Montréal Impact saw their undefeated streak come to an end after three games, falling 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls in a top-of-the-table clash at Red Bull Arena. The Impact are in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference with 17 points from 9 matches.
- 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.
- Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum made two changes to the team that played to a 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. Patrice Bernier and Sanna Nyassi came into the team, in place of Collen Warner and Marco Di Vaio.
- 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).
- It was the second loss of the season for the Impact, who have won just once over the last five matches after opening the campaign with a four-game winning run.
- "This result leaves a bitter taste in my mouth because we played our best game of the season," said Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum. "We had several scoring opportunities. The players believed until the end and did all they could to get a result. We deserved a tie. They were excellent tactically. Even with the loss tonight, I'm really proud of my players."
- Marco Di Vaio scored his fifth goal of the season, all coming over the last seven matches. Di Vaio is now tied for fourth with five goals scored, behind joint league leaders Claudio Bieler (KC), Mike Magee (LA) and Jack McInerney (PHI) with 6.
- "We got great opportunities to tie the game, but we were unlucky," said Di Vaio. "We played a good game and were competitive for 90 minutes. We are not happy, but we feel we did well. We fight every match and have good chances to win, so it's positive."
- Di Vaio came off the bench for the first time this season, after starting each of the first eight MLS games. Andrew Wenger started his second consecutive match as the targetman in attack.
- “Marco can’t play [the whole game] today and Saturday,” Schällibaum said. “He can’t, so I went this way. Other players did a very, very good job today. Of course, when Marco comes on, he brings something powerful, and he did score. The first XI, from a tactical standpoint, did really well.”
- Justin Mapp contributed his first assist of the season, and now has 50 assists in 255 appearances for his MLS league career.
- “I thought the combinations around the box were what was going to get us goals,” defender Jeb Brovsky said. “You saw Justin [Mapp] and Marco connect on a very good one, but I think maybe that final pass and that final run off the ball were missing. When we did it, we were very effective, very dangerous, but you have to do it over the course of 90 minutes instead of just when you're down 2-0.”
- Patrice Bernier also returned to the starting lineup, after coming off the substitutes’ bench for the last two league matches, as the Impact returned to a lone striker scheme.
- “We made a mistake on their first goal and allowed a second goal in the final minutes of the game that prevented us from tying it,” said Bernier. “We dominated, but we were not very precise. We paid the price on their efficient counter-attacks.”
- There could be a return to the lineup for Davy Arnaud for the RSL match, who has been out with concussion-like symptoms since the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship vs. Toronto FC.
REAL SALT LAKE
Real Salt Lake put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season, coming back for a late 2-1 win against the New England Revolution on Wednesday evening at Gillette Stadium. RSL sits in second place in the Western Conference with 17 points from 11 games.
- The home side took the lead six minutes after halftime. Kelyn Rowe collected a long ball on the right flank, picked up his head and played an inviting ball toward the top of the penalty area, where Ryan Guy met it firsttime and thumped home inside the near post to open the scoring.
- RSL were level in the 77th minute. After the Revs could not clear their lines, Sebastian Velasquez fired a low drive from a sharp angle that New England 'keeper Bobby Shuttleworth dove to save, but Devon Sandoval poked home from close range to restore parity.
- Then in the 89th minute, RSL went ahead. Shuttleworth saved a volley from Kyle Beckerman from a corner kick, but second-half substitute Olmes Garcia poked home the remnants for the eventual game-winner.
- RSL defender Tony Beltran earned a second yellow card as he conceded a penalty in second-half stoppage time (which was rescinded by MLS on Friday), but Nick Rimando saved Saer Sene's spot kick to preserve the victory.
- RSL head coach Jason Kreis made one change to the team that recorded a 2-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Rio Tinto Stadium. Carlos Salcedo came into central defense in place of Nat Borchers.
- REAL SALT LAKE (4-3-1-2): Nick Rimando - Tony Beltran, Chris Schuler, Carlos Salcedo (sent off 91+), Chris Wingert - Luis Gil (Sebastian Velasquez 59), Kyle Beckerman, Ned Grabavoy - Javier Morales - Joao Plata (Olmes Garcia 68), Devon Sandoval (Abdoulie Mansally 83).
- Real have won back-to-back games for the first time since last Sept. 22-Oct. 6, having gone 12 MLS league and cup games without putting together consecutive victories.
- “I think that with young players, they are going to be inconsistent. They are going to be able to give you a really strong performance and then oftentimes the next one won't be so good,” said RSL head coach Jason Kreis. “It's very difficult for those young players to withstand an entire season because when they are coming off college seasons or youth seasons, they are much, much shorter than what we have to endure. It's just something the coaching staff has to be mindful of.”
- Making his second consecutive start and fourth of the season, Devon Sandoval scored his first professional goal to bring RSL back level.
- “Devon's put in another hard night at the office — running his butt off and trying to pressure everything he can and battling with their two giant center backs,” said Kreis. “Really credit to him. I think this goal is a long time coming for him. He was about to have a very upset coach at him because earlier he should have scored on a header. So I'm pleased that he stuck with it and got the goal.”
- Olmes Garcia, who came on for the final quarter of the match in place of Joao Plata, also scored his first MLS goal, the game-winner.
- “Garcia comes in for Plata because again, (Joao) Plata played Saturday night. (He) played really, really well. But, he’s a guy I think struggles a little bit for 90 minutes of fitness,” said Kreis. “So, we've got to work on that aspect of it and get him off when we need to. Garcia came in and again; big, big contribution from him to score the goal.”
- Making his first start of the season, in place of Nat Borchers, Carlos Salcedo saw a second yellow card in stoppage time on the penalty kick.
- “I think there are more players in our back four that need to be as physical as (Carlos Salcedo) was tonight. We need more statements made from our players. We need more physicality from our centerbacks and our outside backs because I feel there's too many times tonight that they had opportunities to get into a 50/50 and make a hard challenge and they didn't take them,” said Kreis.
- For the 19th time in his MLS career Nick Rimando saw a penalty kick missed, facing 60 penalty kicks total. Of the 19 failed attempts, Rimando has saved 14 of those.
- Nick (Rimando) is probably playing the best that I've ever seen him play. Says a lot for his age and where he's at in his career. But, he's looking incredibly confident right now and incredibly positive and he's been a huge contributor to every result we've had,” said Kreis.
- Said Rimando: The one thing that is going through my mind is how much Jason (Kreis) has been stressing about getting two victories in a row and how we almost slipped it away with a penalty kick at the end of the game. I am trying to help my team out as much as I can and lucky for me Sene helped me on the save on that one. But you know a save is a save and we’ll take the three points.”