Metro blows lead to Montreal, 2:1
May 8, 2019
At some point, you are what your record says you are, and in Metro's case, that's not exactly a good thing. Turning a lead into a late 2:1 loss to Montreal, Metro tasted defeat at home for the third time this year -- tied for the most ever in a decade of RBA -- and we're not even a third into the regular season. Whatever momentum was build on the two-game streak that preceded it looks to have been lost. What's worse, Aaron Long might be lost as well.
Newly-promoted Tom Barlow was the only change to the lineup, as Brian White was held out with an injury. Alejandro Romero Gamarra, eligible after his suspension, started on the bench.
In the 36th minute, Marc Rzatkowski swung in a short corner from the left side that was met by the head of Long. The defender nailed his first of the year. Moments later, Kemar Lawrence walked through the penalty area and fed Barlow, but his shot was saved.
And then... nothing happened, until the 64th, when it was Montreal's time to score of a set piece. Zakaria Diallo jumped over Barlow and tied the game.
Chris Armas threw three offensive subs on, but Romero Gamarra, Omir Fernandez, and Derrick Etienne did not amount to anything. Instead, the defensive gaps led to a soft penalty call when Long was judged to have pushed an attacker in the box. Max Urruti converted in the 79th, and Metro did not look likely to score the rest of the way.
They finished the game with ten men, not because of a red card, but because Long pulled up with an injured hamstring soon after the last goal. If he is lost for any prolonged time, this already-potentially-awful season might turn out to be absolutely terrible...
Lineup: Robles, Tarek, Long, Parker, Lawrence, Lade, Davis, Rzatkowski, Muyl, Royer, Barlow. Subs: Fernandez, Romero Gamarra, Etienne.