The Montreal Impact snapped the New England Revolution's seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) with a 2-0 result at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Canada, on Saturday night for an enthusiastic crowd of 18,068. Although Montreal is stuck at the bottom of MLS so far this season, the Canadian team toyed with surging New England and made the win look easy.
Italian star Marco Di Vaio set up Andres Romero for the first goal and young American Jack McInerney scored the second, unassisted.
“We were outplayed in the first half," said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. "You've got to credit the other team because they came out flying, so I don’t want to take away from what they were able to do. I thought they were spot-on in the first half.
In this league, you can’t give a team anything. Unfortunately we gave quite a bit away to Montreal and they took it.”
New England (7-4-2, 23 pts.) still top the Eastern Conference and remain third in the league. Montreal (2-6-4, 10 pts.) stay at the bottom of the East and 18th in 19-team MLS.
Kelyn Rowe made his first start since March 22 after suffering a hamstring injury and was named Man of the Match for his efforts. Bobby Shuttleworth matched his season high with six saves and Steve Neumann made his seventh straight substitute appearance.
With the shut-out, rookie Patrick Mullins and Diego Fagundez saw their respective four- and three-game goal-scoring streaks snapped. Since May 11, Fagundez has scored a whopping four goals and added two assists in three games.
The Revolution returns to action next Sunday, June 8, when the team hosts the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium in the teams’ last match before MLS takes a two-week break from the league schedule for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.
MON – Andres Romero (Marco Di Vaio) 3
MON – Jack McInerney (unassisted) 38
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney (Steve Neumann 77), Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Andy Dorman, Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe (Daigo Kobayashi 62), Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury, Patrick Mullins
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Scott Caldwell, Darrius Barnes, Kevin Alston, Dimitry Imbongo
STATS: Shots 14, Shots on target 6, Saves 6, Corner kicks 7, Offsides 0, Fouls 12, Possession 60.4%, Passes 529 (65.1%)
Montreal Impact: Troy Perkins, Karl Ouimette, Heath Pearce, Wandrille Lefevre, Hassoun Camara, Issye Nakajima-Farran, Felipe Martins (Patrice Bernier 85), Hernan Bernardello, Andres Romero (Justin Mapp 67), Jack McInerney (Santiago Gonzalez 83), Marco Di Vaio ©
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Bush, Jeb Brovsky, Maxim Tissot, Calum Mallace
STATS: Shots 14, Shots on target 8, Saves 3, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 2, Fouls 13, Possession 39.6%, Passes 345 (78.8%)
NE – Andy Dorman (caution) 40
MON – Felipe Martins (caution) 63
NE – Teal Bunbury (caution) 76
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistant Referees: Daniel Belleau (AR1), Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho (AR2)
Fourth Official: Mathieu Bourdeau