MLS Game Summary - New York at Montreal|
(Saturday, May 19, 2012)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: New York 2, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Red Bull New York claimed its fifth straight
league win for the first time in nine years on Saturday after defeating the
Montreal Impact, 2-1, at the Olympic Stadium.
New York earned the victory the hard way, overturning Bernardo Corradi's
first-half penalty kick and persevering through some poor officiating to
claim 15 points through five straight games for the first time since April of
2003. Kenny Cooper netted his 10th goal of the season while Dane Richards
provided the game-winner with his first of the campaign.
Referee Ismail Elfath played a starring role throughout his first Major League
Soccer match, awarding dubious penalties to both sides and sending off Victor
Palsson with a soft second yellow card.
Montreal took the lead when Markus Holgersson was whistled for hand ball in
the box despite having his back to the play. Corradi converted the ensuing
kick for his fourth goal of the season.
Elfath returned the favor for New York by giving the Red Bulls their own spot
kick in the 37th minute. Tyson Wahl was penalized for a hand ball as he slid
to block a cross from Dane Richards despite appearing to retract his
outstretched hand back into his body. Cooper scored from the spot to level the
New York was reduced to 10 men in the 58th minute after Palsson was shown a
suspect yellow card, his second of the game.
Montreal pushed in search of the go-ahead goal and came close in the 63rd
minute when Felipe Martins struck the post with a shot from outside the box.
The Impact were left to rue that miss as the Red Bulls grabbed an improbable
lead four minutes later. Roy Miller's low cross was pushed away by Donovan
Ricketts, but the rebound fell to Richards who slammed the follow-up effort
off the crossbar and into the back of the net.
Rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara was in top-form once again, making several key
saves down the stretch to ensure that the Red Bulls stay atop the Eastern
Conference for another week.
New York (8-3-1) improves to 25 points on the season and will return to action
Wednesday with an enticing fixture against Chivas USA. The match will mark
Juan Agudelo's return to Red Bull Arena after being dealt to the Goats on
Montreal (3-6-3) sees its four-game unbeaten run come to an end. The Impact
will look to bounce back on May 26 when they head to Dick's Sporting Goods
Park to face the Colorado Rapids.
05/19 21:58:31 ET