Montreal Impact Frustrated, Introspective after 4-0 Loss to New York Red Bulls

By Gorman, Denis | The Canadian Press, July 13, 2013 | Go to article overview

Montreal Impact Frustrated, Introspective after 4-0 Loss to New York Red Bulls


Gorman, Denis, The Canadian Press


Impact frustrated with 4-0 loss to Red Bulls

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HARRISON, N.J. - The mood in the Montreal Impact's locker room on Saturday was as candid as it was unforgiving.

It is time for thorough introspection.

"I think we've tossed enough (games) out already," said goalkeeper Troy Perkins after the Montreal Impact lost 4-0 to the New York Red Bulls.

Montreal, which is 1-3-2 in its last six games, fell to 9-5-4 overall. The Impact and Red Bulls (9-7-7) have the most points in the Eastern Conference with 31 points apiece. However, Montreal is still first overall in the conference because it has played two fewer games than New York. The Red Bulls also have two more losses than the Impact.

"When you're afraid like this -- we (knew) we had to score some goals and (earn) some points here -- but when you don't believe in something, you don't have a chance," said Impact manager Marco Schallibaum. "The team that comes from far away to be in first place is good. But to stay there is very difficult because everybody wants to beat you.

"We must be stronger on the field. That's why I say they (were) too afraid. When you're (in) first (place), you must play like a top team and in the first half we weren't a top team."

Facing a New York team that had entered the game having lost three of four, the Impact had eight shot attempts on goal and Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles only had to make four saves. His most difficult saves were diving stops in the 49th and 71st minutes.

"We didn't score tonight," said Montreal midfielder Justin Mapp.

That was somewhat problematic as New York spent the majority of the match dictating play. The Red Bulls finished the game with 11 shots on goal.

"At some point it is probably frustrating," Perkins said of the New York attack. "Over the past four games it's been like that. …

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