July 2, 2016
CAN'T HOLD ON
Revs blow 2-goal lead, fall to Impact
MONTREAL - The New England Revolution squandered a two goal lead, falling to the Montreal Impact 3-2 at Stade Saputo on Saturday.
|Kei Kamara celebrates a goal against Montreal Saturday at Stade Saputo, before things went sour for the Revs in the second half.
photo by Jean-Yves Ahern, USATODAY Sports
Michael Salazar scored twice and Ignacio Piatti added a goal to erase Kei Kamara's brace and pull Montreal (6-4-6, 24 pts) to second place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the Philadelphia Union with a game in hand.
The Impact threatened three minutes in as Dominic Oduro got his head to an excellent Ambroise Oyongo cross. The ball seemed destined for the back of the net, but Revs goalkeeper Brad Knighton managed to clear it off his line.
The Revs (4-6-7, 19) opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Lee Nguyen, on the left, found Kelyn Rowe between the lines to kick start a 3-v-2. Rowe spotted Kamara's run in behind and fed him the ball. Kamara finished powerfully to Evan Bush's right.
The goal made Kamara the 16th player in MLS history to reach the 80-goal plateau for his career. He currently ranks second among all active MLS players in goals, trailing only San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski (116).
Kamara completed his brace--the first of the year by a Revolution player-- in the 33rd minute on an in-swinging corner kick taken by left back Chris Tierney. Kamara nodded the ball in past Bush to give the Revs a two-goal lead. That goal also moved Kamara into 14th in career goals in MLS history, surpassing Brian McBride and Josh Wolff on the list.
Montreal replied seven minutes later. Oyongo once more sent a cross into the six-yard box. Jose Gonçalves tried to clear but lifted the ball straight in the air, and Salazar headed it in for his first MLS goal, in his first start.
The Impact kept going after the break. In the 49th minute, Hassoun Camara picked up Patrice Bernier's throw-in and crossed for Salazar. The forward chested the ball down beautifully and beat Knighton with a low shot for his second of the game.
Montreal's comeback was complete in the 54th minute. After robbing Daigo Kobayashi of the ball, Harry Shipp released Piatti to Knighton's right. The New England goalkeeper tripped Piatti in the area, drawing a yellow card and penalty call from referee Chris Penso. Piatti took the kick himself to the left of Knighton, who could only get his fingertips to the shot.
New England had a chance to equalize in the 58th minute when Teal Bunbury played a low cross to just outside the six-yard box from the right edge of the 18-yard box, but was unable to connect with Kamara.