|photo by Matt Kremkau
The tailspin continues as a 90th minute penalty conversion by Montreal sinks the New York Red Bulls and hands them their fourth loss in five games. Little has changed for Gerhard Struber and his team as they continue to concede at bad times while also doing little to show that they are as dangerous moving forward as in years past.
Montreal controlled the majority of the play in the first half. They caught New York more than a few times on the counter and put a few chances on net. Goalkeeper Carlos Coronel was sharp and the Montreal finishing wasn't on point. Despite all of Montreal's efforts it was New York who took the lead before the end of the first half. Defender Andrew Gutman was taken down in the box and Patryk Klimala was able to convert to give the Red Bulls a sign of life.
The second half saw more of the same with Montreal finding the equalizer in the 71st minute. A ball from Djordji Mihailovic near the end line found the head of Sunusi Ibrahim for the finish. It was a deserved goal as Montreal continued to push for the game in front of loud supporters.
The game appeared to be heading for a deadlock until the 90th minute when a pass in the box hit the arm of Amro Tarek. The call was confirmed after protest from the Red Bulls and Zachary Victor Wanyama converted the penalty for a win.
The three points lift a surprisingly strong Montreal team above the playoff line and sinks New York seven points below the line. Without a win since the beginning of July, the Red Bulls are beginning to see the possibility of not making the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
New York Red Bulls: Coronel; Edwards, Tarek, Nealis, Duncan, Davis, Tolkin, Gutman, Clark, Klimala, Fabio
CF Montreal: Breza; Struna, Camacho, Miller, Brault-Guillard, Maciel, Wanyama, Choiniere, Mihailovic, Torres, Toye
45' (New York Red Bulls) Patryk Klimala - PK
71' (CF Montreal) Sunusi Ibrahim assisted by Djordji Mihailovic
90' (CF Montreal) Victor Wanyama - PK
53' (New York Red Bulls) Amro Tarek - YELLOW CARD
83' (New York Red Bulls) Fabio - YELLOW CARD
89' (New York Red Bulls) Dru Yearwood - YELLOW CARD
90' (New York Red Bulls) Kyle Duncan - YELLOW CARD
90' (New York Red Bulls) Carlos Coronel - YELLOW CARD
90' (CF Montreal) Zachary Brault-Guillard - YELLOW CARD