New York Red Bulls Buzz, 6/4/17: RBNY Find Sixth Consecutive Road Defeat in Montreal
Jun 3, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Impact midfilder Dominic Oduro (7) kicks the ball past New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer (77) in the first half of their game at the Saputo Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

New York Red Bulls traveled to Stade Saputo on Jun. 3 seeking to steal three away points against Montreal, instead found its sixth consecutive away defeat.

Match Points:

  • vs. Montreal at Stade Saputo
  • Attendance- 19,032
  • Referee- Mark Geiger

First Half:

The New York Red Bulls started off strong in Montreal. RBNY have struggled recently not only in away results, but with first half starts. The team saw an early goal scoring opportunity from Bradley Wright-Phillips in the fifth minute. From the right side of the six-yard box, BWP had a point-blank shot which was matched by Montreal’s goalkeeper, Evan Bush.

Later in the half, Montreal found the back of the net. Fortunately, for the New York Red Bulls, the shot was deflected off of a player in an offsides position. After a quick consult with his assistant official, Mark Geiger called the goal back. Similar to the game vs. Toronto FC a dew weeks back, RBNY were saved by quality officiating.

Kemar Lawrence also picked up a yellow card in the 41st minute.

Second Half:

67th minute Montreal pulled ahead by a goal off the foot of Blerim Dzemaili. The goal was assisted by Ignacio Patti. A quick restart doomed RBNY as they were ill-prepared for the attack while they chased the play that led to the goal. Luis Robles fell victim yet again to poor defending.

In the 69th minute, Kemar Lawrence cracked a shot from 20 yards out that went just left of the goal.

After leading in possession in the first half and for the start of the second half, the New York Red Bulls struggled to find the back of the net.

RBNY’s DP, Gonzalo Veron, who later (’92) in the match provided a cross opportunity which was eventually volleyed wide, made an appearance in the 75th minute. In the 81st minute, RBNY received a set piece opportunity right outside the 18-yard box. Felipe hit a solid shot, but was directed straight at Bush.

The New York Red Bulls certainly matched Montreal’s home play, but failed to score a goal. With RBNY’s sixth consecutive away loss, the team needs to improve on the road to secure a spot in postseason play and a shot at the MLS Cup.

Final Game Stats:

  • Goals RBNY-0 Montreal-0
  • Shots- RBNY-11 Montreal-14
  • Shots on Goal- RBNY-3 Montreal-5
  • Possession- RBNY-41.6% Montreal-58.4%
  • Saves- RBNY-4 Montreal-3

Chris Sudol is a former college soccer player who now avidly supports the New York Red Bulls, Arsenal, and Barcelona, among many other soccer teams.