July 18th, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; New England Revolution forward Ryan Guy (13) controls the ball in front of Montreal Impact defender Dennis Iapichino (17) during the first half at the Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE
The road woes continued for the Revs tonight as they fell 2-1 to the Montreal Impact, dropping them back down into 7th place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Revolution's record now stands at 6-9-4, while their road record reflects a disappointing 1-7-1.
The match tonight saw the return of Ryan Guy to the lineup, who went the full 90 minutes, and also saw Darrius Barnes stepping into the role usually occupied by Stephen McCarthy, who is recovering from concussive-like symptoms after taking a knock against Toronto FC last Saturday.
The game started off with good pace for both sides, including some good defending from the Revolution in the early moments of the game. But it was Montreal who inevitably struck first. In the 26th minute, Sanna Nyassi went down in the box (one could argue rather easily), which Chris Tierney was whistled for, providing the Impact with a penalty kick. After a couple do-overs, Patrice Bernier finally put it away in the 28th minute to give the Canadian club the 1-0 lead.
Although it took them long enough, the Revs would finally find an equalizer in the 44th minute as Lee Nguyen sent in an absolute rocket from about 40 yards out which deflected off the crossbar and fortunately hit the wrong side of Donovan Ricketts' foot on the rebound to give New England the equalizing goal.
Going into half 1-1, the Revolution knew what needed some tweaking in order to take control of the game. The most telling sign was the Revs' first substitution in the 65th minute which saw Blake Brettschneider replace Clyde Simms, who had a stellar performance and racked up a 97.6% passing percentage. Brettschneider, on the other hand, would go on to squander two wide-open opportunities in front of the Montreal net and provide even more frustration for a New England side desperate for another goal.
The Impact, however, scored before the Revs could properly find their footing. In the 67th minute Justin Mapp sent in a cross from the left wing which sailed over the majority of the Revolution defense including Matt Reis and Chris Tierney, finding an unmarked Sanna Nyassi who buried the goal with ease.
New England's next two subs came on at the same time, in the 79th minute, bringing in Fernando Cardenas and Sainey Nyassi for Saer Sene and Kelyn Rowe. Nyassi struggled to make the same kind of impact as his twin brother, who caused problems for the the Revs all night. And Cardenas, though he brought a lot of energy, was unable to spark the Revolution offense to create an equalizing goal.
In the end, the Revolution dropped points in a must-win situation and will now have an even bigger hole to climb out of if they even want to think about making the playoffs. Meanwhile, they will travel directly from Montreal to Kansas on Thursday to prepare for their next match against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.