Miserable Metro manhandled by Montreal, 3:0
September 1, 2018
You know, we have hope. As Metro has been rolling through the season, winning games pretty, winning games ugly, dispatching opponents with relative ease... Even in the games they lost, they've kept in close: in all competitions, the biggest margin of defeat has been one goal, an incredibly achievement. That ended tonight, as Metro fell flat on its face, losing to Montreal 3:0, in a game whose scoreline could have been much worse.
And who would have thunk it; the attacking triumvirate of Daniel Royer, Alejandro Romero Gamarra, and Bradley Wright-Phillips was back from rest, as was Kemar Lawrence. The one major decision was Chris Armas resting Tyler Adams, and that proved costly.
It didn't seem so early, as Metro dominated possession of the first half hour. Montreal was fine with sitting behind the ball, and waited for Metro to come at them. One of those games where we have to break the bunker, we thought. Nope.
In the 30th, a rare Montreal foray forward ended with a corner kick. Rod Fanni two-hand shoved Connor Lade, who was starting this time for Michael Murillo, and headed in the opener. Eight minutes later, Metro defense was caught watching on a free kick, and it was Bacary Sagna's turn to score with a header.
Still, this was enough time for this Metro team to make a valiant effort? Nope. The supposed advantage hey had before the first goal was gone; Montreal ran through their midfield with ease. Only poor finishing stopped the Impact from making it worse.
Montreal looked to have scored in the 75th, when a ball rebounded off the post and was collected by Igancio Piatti, but the goal was called back by VAR for offside. That was the break Metro needed to make it close, we thought. Nope.
The offense was absolutely putrid, failing to register a single dangerous chance. With the game all but over, Piatti did get his in injury time.
Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Long, Escobar, Lade, Davis, Rzatkowski, Etienne, Royer, Romero Gamarra, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Murillo, White, Muyl.