A team performance with contributions from a number of players who haven’t been regulars in the starting XI this season helped finally snap a year-long road losing streak in Montreal on Saturday.
Cory Burke scored a goal in his first MLS start, but also got himself sent off with an ill-advised challenge. Ray Gaddis registered a rare shot on goal (just the sixth of his career) and assisted on Burke’s goal while also playing well on defense. The back line, anchored by 19-year-olds Auston Trusty and Mark McKenzie, had one of its best performances of the season, particularly the work McKenzie and Keegan Rosenberry did on Ignacio Piatti. Andre Blake’s performance, however, was a bit mixed when factoring in his poor distribution that nearly gifted the Impact a goal in the first half.
Haris Medunjanin scored his first of the season late and was active throughout the match while Alejandro Bedoya provided plenty of help shutting Piatti down. Fafa Picault was also active, creating chances and wreaking havoc on the Montreal defense. It was his pressure that led to Daniel Lovitz getting sent off (after video review).
David Accam, Warren Creavalle and Fabinho all came off the bench; circumstances changed up head coach Jim Curtin’s original plan to bring Anthony Fontana in.
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