FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe each scored one goal, but after playing 85 minutes down a man and having two penalty kicks awarded and converted against them, the New England Revolution fell to the Montreal Impact, 4-2, on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.
The Revs were forced to play with 10 men for almost the entire match as goalkeeper Matt Reis was shown a red card in the fifth minute and referee Sorin Stoica awarded Montreal two penalties in the first half. Marco Di Vaio – Major League’s Soccer leading scorer this season – scored two goals and Patrice Bernier converted both penalty attempts for the visitors.
Reis, who had started the last four matches, will be unavailable for the Revs’ match on Saturday at Chicago, a team which he’s shut out twice this season.
Di Vaio, who had nine of Montreal’s 14 offside calls, extended his league-leading goal-scoring total to 17 goals.
Revs head coach Jay Heaps made one change to the lineup that entered tonight’s match riding a three-game undefeated (2-0-1) streak. Dimitry Imbongo came in for Juan Agudelo, who missed the match with a hamstring injury suffered last Friday in Toronto.
A game-changing decision from Stoica in the fifth minute set the tone for the game. As Di Vaio whiffed on a shot, Reis made a play on the ball and brought down Di Vaio with the ball well out of the Italian’s reach. Stoica immediately pointed to the spot and showed Reis red. Bernier converted the first of his two penalties past substitute goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and gave Montreal a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute. The Revs played the rest of the match down a man, with Chad Barrett coming off out of the midfield to make way for Shuttleworth.
The Revs leveled off the foot of teenager Diego Fagundez in the 26th minute. The 18-year old played Dimitry Imbongo into space at the top of the box, but Montreal defender Jeb Brovsky deflected the ball directly into Fagundez’s path and he slotted it home for the 1-1 score line.
Bernier converted the second of his two penalties in the 33rd minute to give Montreal the 2-1 advantage. Revs captain Jose Goncalves defended Felipe Martins near the edge of the box and cleared the ball, but Martins fell to the ground and Stoica again pointed to the spot. Shuttleworth guessed correctly on Bernier’s shot, but the ball was inches out of his reach and Montreal re-took the lead, 2-1.
With four minutes of stoppage time added for the penalties and the goalkeeper change, Di Vaio used the time to send Montreal into the break with a 3-1 lead. Taking a pass from Hassoun Camara, Di Vaio cut inside on his defender and calmly slotted the ball inside the near post as Shuttleworth came off his line.
The Revs came out of the break with two chances to pull a goal back – Lee Nguyen’s low attempt from distance in the 49th minute and Rowe’s rising attempt from the edge of the area in the 53rd minute – but both attempts were narrowly off target.
Despite the Revolution’s attack to open the second half, Di VAio and Camara combined again in the 56th minute as Di Vaio scored his second of the evening to push the score to 4-1.
Rowe scored the Revolution’s second goal in the 76th minute and drew New England within two. After taking a pass from Saer Sene, Rowe worked his way through the Montreal defense along the edge of the penalty box, cut back to back to his right foot to create space and launched an angled chip over Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
However, despite the two-goal difference, the Revs were unable to further cut the Impact lead as four minutes of second-half stoppage time expired. Despite the loss, the Revolution remain in the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as the team heads to Chicago next weekend because of other results around the league.
The Revolution returns to action later this week when it travels to face the Fire in a match on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Toyota Park. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on TV by Comcast SportsNet and on the radio by 98.5 The Sports Hub.
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New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact
September 8, 2013 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Montreal Impact 4, New England Revolution 2
MON – Patrice Bernier (penalty) 8
NE – Diego Fagundez (unassisted) 26
MON – Patrice Bernier (penalty) 33
MON – Marco Di Vaio (Hassoun Camara) 47+
MON – Marco Di Vaio (Hassoun Camara) 55
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Saer Sene) 76
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen (Juan Toja 68), Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe, Chad Barrett, (Bobby Shuttleworth 7), Dimitry Imbongo (Saer Sene 74)
Substitutes Not Used: Charlie Davies, Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes, Andy Dorman
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on Target 3, Corner Kicks 5, Saves 1, Fouls 14, Offsides 0, Passes 415 (82.9%), Possession (40.8%)
Montreal Impact: Troy Perkins, Jeb Brovsky, Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Hassoun Camara, Davy Arnaud (Andrea Pisanu 80), Patrice Bernier, Collen Warner, Felipe Martins (Daniele Paponi 72), Justin Mapp, Marco Di Vaio (Andrew Wenger 91+)
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Bush, Sanna Nyassi, Maxim Tissot, Wandrille Lefevre
STATS:Shots 8, Shots on Target 5, Corner Kicks 0, Saves 1, Fouls 11, Offsides 14, Passes 602 (89.5%), Possession (59.2%)
* Note that all statistics are unofficial as supplied by Opta
NE – Matt Reis (ejection) 5
MON – Jeb Brovsky (caution) 48+
NE – Kelyn Rowe (caution) 84
NE – Chris Tierney (caution) 87
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistant Referees: Daniel Belleau (AR1), Claudio Badea(AR2)
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga
Weather: 63 degrees and clear
Montreal Impact 13-7-6 (45 pts.)
New England Revolution – 10-10-7 (37 pts.)
- With the loss on Sunday, the Revs fell to 10-10-7 overall and 8-6-4 against Eastern Conference opponents
- The Revs remain winless at home against Montreal all-time (0-2-0) and are 1-3-0 against the Impact in the all-time series
- The Revs are now 6-5-3 at home this season
- Diego Fagundez scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season against the Impact on Sunday
- Diego Fagundez now has 10 goals and six assists on the season
- Kelyn Rowe scored his sixth goal of the season, marking the fourth consecutive game that the midfielder has recorded a goal or an assist
- Rowe’s consecutive scoring streak is tied for the longest by a Rev this season … Diego Fagundez recorded a point in four straight games from May 11 to June 2
- Saer Sene recorded his third assist of the season on Kelyn Rowe’s goal in the 76th minute
- Matt Reis made his fourth consecutive start in goal on Sunday
- Reis was shown a red card in the fifth minute for denying a goal scoring opportunity for Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio and was replaced by Bobby Shuttleworth
- Sunday marked Shuttleworth’s 22nd appearance this season … the goalkeeper is now 7-10-5 this season after suffering the loss
- New England enters Week 29 of the MLS season in the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference …, Houston’s 4-1 loss to New York earlier today coupled with Chicago’s 2-1 loss at Seattle last night meant that despite the Revs’ result this evening, New England would remain in the fifth spot entering next week’s schedule.