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  • M. Mancosu 61’
0 Half Time 0
Stade Saputo
Attendance 15,027


    • KICK OFF
    • 0'
      This sets up what should be a great final leg next week at Red Bull Arena. Until then, I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller), thanks for following along!
    • 0'
      That's it! Montreal grabs a 1-0 win in the first leg, by the Red Bulls probably feel confident having only given up one.
    • 0'
      We expected a conservative brand of soccer in this leg, but that doesn't seem to be the case so far in this one. Instead, both sides appear willing to attack but nervy in the final third.
    • 0'
      And that's the half! It's 0-0 at Stade Saputo after a cagey first 45 minutes that could have seen either side score.
    • 0'
      The anthems have wrapped up and we're just about ready to go in Montreal!
    • 0'
      On the other side of the field, NYRB starts its best available XI with Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan leading the way. It looks like a 4-5-1 (or 4-3-3, depending on the situation) for Jesse Marsch's crew.
    • 0'
      Despite the short rest, Montreal is starting the same XI that kicked off agains D.C. on Wednesday night. Of course, there is no Didier Drogba today as he continues to work through a back injury.
    • 0'
      On short rest, Montreal plays host to the Red Bulls. New York earned a bye into this round thanks to finishig first in the East and now it gets to face an Impact side that played a high-temp match just a few days previous.
    • 0'
      The Impact played on Thursday night, of course, dismantling D.C. United at RFK to the tune of 4-2. That result allowed Montreal to advance to this round, which is a two-legged affair.
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to Goal USA's live commentary of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal, first leg, between the Montreal Impact and the New York Red Bulls. I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller) and I'll be guiding you through today's events.
    • 2'
      It's early on and we can already see the Red Bulls trying to impose their high press on the Impact.
    • 3'
      And now Wright-Phillips gets sent in alone on Evan Bush, and the Impact keeper does well to charge out and force a weak chip attempt by the NYRB man. End-to-end stuff already at Stade Saputo!
    • 3'
      Oduro breaks free and tries to pass to Piatti, but he waited too long to make the pass and it's offside.
    • 6'
      Bush comes up big again, this time preventing a cross inside the six-yard box following a NYRB corner kick.
    • 8'
      Wriht-Phillips has another look at goal when he collects a clearance at the top of the 18-yard box. His effort is well wide, though, as he had a lot of bodies to try to shoot around.
    • 9'
      Piatti earns a dangerous free kick after skinning a defender 20 yards from goal
    • 10'
      CLOSE! The Impact play a tricky restart and drill the kick through the wall. It nearly sneak by Robles, with Oduro taking a swing at the teasing ball.
    • 13'
      Yellow card Felipe Martins Campanholi
    • 13'
      Yellow card Hassoun Camara
    • 13'
      Felipe and Camara get tangled up on the sideline and now there's a congergation of players surronding them. Lots of yelling ensues, but cooler heads prevail.
    • 16'
      The pace of the game has definitely slowed down overall, but the field is still tilted toward Montreal's end as NYRB continues to press.
    • 21'
      Bernuer launches a ball over the top toward Mancosu. Perinnelle heads it out for a corner.
    • 22'
      The referee blows the corner kick dead after Ciman is called for a foul in front of the goal.
    • 25'
      Impact are starting to put their stamp on the game a bit, with more forays into the NYRB end.
    • 27'
      A nice attack led by Oduro eventually leads to Donadel getting a shot from just outside the penalty area. His effort is just over the bar.
    • 29'
      Penalty claim by Wright-Phillips as the NYRB striker gets sent in alone and eventually taken down by Bush. The referee decides that Bush got the ball, and it's a goal kick.
    • 29'
      Grella sends in a cross from the near touchline that evades everyone and is gobbled up by Bush.
    • 33'
      Montreal is still trying to play very direct as New York chooses to build from the midfield and the back. An interesting contrast of styles, for sure.
    • 36'
      Piatti charges at the NYRB defense, and appears to get fouled. He grabs the ball on the way down, and the official calls a handball. Naturally, that brings out a round of boos from Stade Saputo.
    • 39'
      Neither team has looked particularly polished in the final third. Passes are just not connecting consistently so far.
    • 43'
      Lots of little fouls are occuring all over the pitch. There's very little rhythm to the game, at the moment.
    • 44'
      INCHES WIDE! Piatti outmuscles Duval near the corner flag, then lobs in to Mancosu. The Italian is moving backlward when he makes contact, but his header still beats Robles but bounces agonizingly wide of the post.
    • 46'
      And we're back!
    • 48'
      New York tries a very ambitious free kick from nearly 40 yards out that's easily handled by Bush.
    • 51'
      Felipe earns a free kick just outside the penalty area after a driving run by Kljestan.
    • 52'
      Off the bar! Felipe rings the woodwork after his curling effort rises over the wall.
    • 53'
      Montreal comes back down the field and causes a bit of havoc in front of goal, ending with Robles parrying an Oduro cross off the line.
    • 56'
      Impact looking to play Mancosu over the top, but the Italian is just offside.
    • 57'
      Camara steps up from the back line and gets no pressure at all from NYRB. The Impact defender unleashes from 20 yards out and puts it WAY over.
    • 59'
      There seems to be lots of room in the middle third for Montreal to exploit, and the Impact players are taking it.
    • 61'
      G M. Mancosu Assist M. Donadel
    • 61'
      Goal Matteo Mancosu - The ball over the top to Mancosu finally works, with the Italian unleashing a bomb that Robles cannot even get close to.
    • 61'
      Assist Marco Donadel
    • 64'
      That goal has brought the Stade Saputo crowd to life. It's not a large crowd, but it's certainly a loud one.
    • 67'
      BIG SAVE! Bush stops Kljestan on a point-blank shot after a nifty series of one-touch passes finds the NYRB midfieder wide open in front of goal. Luckily for the Impact, their goalkeeper was alert and closed down the angle quickly.
    • 69'
      SI C. Mallace SO M. Donadel
    • 69'
      Substitution Hernán Darío Bernardello Calum Mallace
    • 73'
      SI G. Verón SO M. Donadel
    • 73'
      Substitution Mike Grella Gonzalo Verón
    • 74'
      SI J. Venegas SO M. Donadel
    • 74'
      Substitution Dominic Oduro Johan Alberto Venegas Ulloa
    • 75'
      NYRB has a free kick 25 yards out that they try to get fancy on, but Kljestan slips after the dead ball is touched to him and his cross is easily defendend.
    • 75'
      Lots of subs now as each side looks to change the game over the final 15 minutes.
    • 80'
      Oyongo makes a nice run down the left to earn a corner. He had Mancosu open, but decided to go for it himself.
    • 82'
      SI O. Damari SO M. Donadel
    • 82'
      Substitution Alex Muyl Omer Damari
    • 82'
      Mallace hits a hard knuckler from 30 yards that stings Robles' palms. Decent effort.
    • 85'
      Piatti gets a chance after a long ball over the top into the NYRB area. His shot is just over the top left corner.
    • 87'
      It's been all Montreal over the past five or so minutes, as NYRB keeps getting hit on the counterattack.
    • 90'
      Red card Omer Damari - A overzealous tackle along the sidelines on Mallace leads to Damari's sending off. Not smart by the substitute.
    • 90'
      INCHES WIDE! Wright-Phillips misses a tap in after the Red Bulls finally get into the Montreal goalmouth. That needed to be better from the striker.
    • 90'
      SI S. Zizzo SO M. Donadel
    • 90'
      SI H. Shipp SO M. Donadel
    • 90'
      Substitution Kemar Lawrence Sal Zizzo
    • 90'
      Substitution Patrice Bernier Harry Shipp

    Line Up




    Wilfried Nancy
    Gerhard Struber



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 18 9
    Yellow Cards 1 1
    Red Cards 0 1
    Offsides 0 0

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