Miami, Fla. (Thursday, April 25, 2019) by Kenneth Russo
The Impact again demonstrated the ability to rebound, something that’s been on display nine games into the 2019 season. Every time the Impact suffered a loss this season, the club has responded by taking points in the following match, often with strong defensive play and earning a clean sheet.
Such was the case once again on Wednesday night, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. After suffering a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, the Impact travelled to New England and made themselves chez soi at a practically empty Gillette Stadium, dominating the hosts in every statistical category en route to a 3-0 win.
The announced attendance of 9,422 seems rather generous to anyone who watched the game.
That Montréal was able to win despite facing a ridiculous travel arrangement is testimony to the resiliency of this year’s ensemble. The club lobbied Major League Soccer officials to postpone Wednesday’s match after its Tuesday commercial flight out of Canada was cancelled. The team waited at Montréal Trudeau International Airport until 10 p.m. Tuesday night only to end up having to come back the next day for a charter flight which itself was delayed. MLS denied Montreal’s request, a denial based squarely for commercial purposes. The team only arrived in Boston the afternoon of the game. The game kicked off on schedule, shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET.
The travel debacle is worthy of an investigation into how MLS clubs travel. Major League Soccer has made impressive strides on many fronts in recent years, but if the Montreal Impact’s travel situation proved anything, it’s that the league still has a long way to go in certain areas.
“What we’ve been through the last 24 hours should never happen, but we used it as a motivation to come here. It’s not about convenience for the players, it was a matter of player safety. We’re lucky not to get players injured today.”Evan Bush, Impact de Montréal goalkeeper
The Impact spent so much time getting from Montréal to Foxborough, Massachusetts by air that it would have been far quicker to simply arrange for a motor coach.
I’ve driven the route from Providence to Montréal many times and it’s an easy six-hour drive. (five and one half hours’ drive to Foxborough, a distance of 539 kilometres [335 miles].) Under the circumstances, it would have been a much less stressful option for the Impact.
Nevertheless, it was Montréal that arrived match-ready.
The Bleu-Blanc-Noir handed the New England Revolution its fourth home loss of the season on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
Shamit Shome pounced on an error by Revolution goalkeeper Cody Cropper to score the game’s opening goal in the 79th minute, then second half substitute Anthony Jackson-Hamel added his team’s second and third strikes in the 85th and 93rd minutes, respectively, as part of a late-game brace.
“We are satisfied because the preparation for this game was more than complicated. The group reacted well and did not use this situation as an excuse, but as motivation. They showed that when we are all together, we have a collective force that is good to see on the pitch. We gave them problems tonight with more intensity, while keeping our defensive rigour.”Montréal head coach Rémi Garde.
Montréal (4-3-2, 14 points) sits second in the table in the Eastern Conference. New England is tenth.
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson (AR1), Philippe Briere (AR2)
Fourth Official: David Gantar
VAR: Alan Kelly
Weather: 13°C / 57° F and Clear
MTL – Shamit Shome 1 (Unassisted) 79′
MTL – Anthony Jackson-Hamel 1 (Daniel Lovitz 2) 85′
MTL – Anthony Jackson-Hamel 2 (Clément Bayiha 1) 90′
NE – Scott Caldwell (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 58′
MTL – Samuel Piette (Yellow Card – Persistent Infringement) 72′L
MTL – GK-Evan Bush; D-Zachary Brault-Guillard, Zakaria Diallo, Víctor Cabrera, Daniel Lovitz; M-Samuel Piette, Micheal Azira, Shamit Shome (Mathieu Choinière 84’); F-Clément Bayiha, Maximiliano Urruti (Anthony Jackson-Hamel 71’), Orji Okwonkwo (Jukka Raitala 80’)
Subs not used – Clément Diop, Bacary Sagna, Rudy Camacho, Omar Browne
NE – GK-Cody Cropper; D-Andrew Farrell, Michael Mancienne, Edgar Castillo, Jalil Anibaba; M-Scott Caldwell (Cristian Penilla 71’), Carles Gil, Luis Caicedo, Diego Fagundez (Brian Wright 82’); F-Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury (Juan Fernando Caicedo 59’)
Subs not used – Matt Turner, Antonio Mlinar Delamea, Wilfried Zahibo, Brandon Bye