Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Evan Bush Makes Unorthodox Save in Impact's 3-0 Win over Red Bulls

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Evan Bush Makes Unorthodox Save in Impact's 3-0 Win over Red Bulls

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Evan Bush hero for Impact in 3-0 win


MONTREAL - Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush made an unorthodox save to lead his team to victory.

The Impact beat the visiting New York Red Bulls 3-0 in Montreal's Major League Soccer home opener at Olympic Stadium on Saturday, and a key save by Bush kept Montreal alive late in the game.

With the Impact leading 1-0 in the 71st minute, New York's Felipe hit striker Bradley Wright-Phillips with a pass on the edge of the box. Wright-Phillips was alone in front of goal following an acrobatic first touch, and it looked like the Red Bulls would equalize.

But Bush charged out of his net and stopped the left-footed strike with his neck, to the delight of the 27,545 fans in the stands.

"It was a bobbling ball and Wright-Phillips was in a good spot," said Bush, who made three saves for his first clean sheet of the season. "I tried to make myself big and stay high. It hit me in the throat, and I'm not sure how the ball got to where it did.

"That was definitely a turning point."

Immediately after the save, Montreal stormed down the pitch on the counter-attack. A pass by Donna Toia sent Ignacio Piatti in all alone on 'keeper Luis Robles, with the Argentine scoring his league-leading third goal of the year.

"That was huge," said midfielder Harry Shipp of Bush's save. "It literally led directly to our second goal. It's the difference between 1-1 and 2-0."

Added coach Mauro Biello: "Big players come up in big moments, and Evan Bush came up in a big moment today for us."

Montreal (2-0-0) added its third of the game when substitute Anthony Jackson-Hamel beat Robles in the dying seconds of stoppage time.

The Impact won their last eight home games in MLS, beating New York for the first time since March 23, 2013.

The Red Bulls (0-2-0), which lost their season opener 2-0 against Toronto FC, have yet to score a goal this year.

A giveaway by the Red Bulls led to the Impact's first of the game in the 58th minute. …

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