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Impact ride strong second half to rout Red Bulls

Photo by Eric Bolte/USA Today Sports
Photo by Eric Bolte/USA Today Sports

Jesse Marsch’s side underwhelmed for the second straight week, and the New York Red Bulls ultimately fell 3-0 to the Montreal Impact after Ignacio Piatti’s superb second half.

Forward Dominic Oduro broke the deadlock between the two sides in the 58th minute, after a bad giveaway from Red Bulls centerback Gideon Baah presented the chance for Montreal.

The Impact doubled its lead 13 minutes later by way of Piatti, following a quality chance for the Red Bulls in the Montreal penalty area.

Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles was tested early and often in the match, and was forced into two critical saves in the opening 20 minutes. He also had some help from the post, keeping the Impact off the scoreboard.

First, newcomer Lucas Ontivero played Oduro into the penalty area, before Robles made himself big and knocked the ball away from danger. In the 14th minute, a Felipe giveaway in the attacking third led to an Impact counterattack, which saw Piatti test the Red Bulls goalkeeper for a second time.

Fives minutes later, Ontivero nearly found his first MLS goal after hitting his effort off woodwork. The offseason signing was set up by Harry Shipp, after an excellent string of passes around the penalty area.

With less than five minutes remaining in the match, Piatti nearly picked up his second goal of the game, but Robles stonewalled the Argentine. Second-half substitute Anthony Jackson-Hamel, who replaced Piatti in stoppage time, found the game’s third goal moments later.


Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti proved for the second consecutive week that he can lead Montreal’s attack in the absence of Didier Drogba. Piatti scored the match’s second goal and assisted on Oduro’s opener.


Leading up to Montreal’s second goal, which proved to be the dagger, the Red Bulls had an excellent opportunity to equalize on the other end. Impact keeper Evan Bush made a crucial save on Bradley Wright-Phillips, before Piatti beat Robles.


Gideon Baah had a strong first half, but completely lost the plot in the second half. He was fully or partially at fault for all three Impact goals.


What did you think of the match? See Montreal being a title contender this year? Worried about the Red Bulls or just think it’s a slow start?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I know NYRB had a great if not their best season ever last year but to not upgrade any position and to have your only strategy in the offseason is to sign unproven academy products is either woefully naive, reflects a ‘no investment’ philosophy by RBHQ or both. None of which bodes well for the team or us fans. Yes we had a great season. But not to upgrade any position? Seriously? We should always be looking to bring in better player or at least players that are close to push the starters. Bah is a project, just not even close to replacing Miazga. Well, at least I have my Man Utd…oh, wait…

    PS. Ives, do you still work on this site? We miss you man. Her’s to hoping SBI gets back to the level it was in 2013-12014.

  2. Seems like Veron is an integral part of their attack at least in the preseason and with him being injured they seem very tentative.

    It definitely seems like the case that people studied the team, but they have not necessarily played horrible. They just seem to lack a killer instinct in front of goal.

  3. I’m getting the feeling that other teams have improved and have studied the Red Bulls,…hence the underwhelming performances by Red Bulls. Two points,…(1) there is no one on Red Bulls who can really open up a defense; and (2) as everyone else seems to have recognized,…central defense is going to be a real issue. Baah had a bad one yesterday but needs time to settle in. Zubar is always a tackle away from a red card. Why don’t they go get Tim Ream???

    • It’s obviously early and I’m sure this isn’t entirely accurate, but it seems like the Red Bulls decided to go into 2016 with the same group from last season, which is a problem if everyone else improves their squad

      • Not entirely accurate, but not far off the mark either. They signed Baah to replace Miazga, but the only other changes involved draft picks and Homegrowns, several of which have already been released. My bigger concern is that teams have had a chance to figure RBNY out, going all the way to the Columbus series last year, and they haven’t come up with a convincing response.

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