It’s not easy to play a game when you learn a few hours earlier that two players have left. It was in this context that the Impact lost 3-2 to the New England Revolution on Wednesday.
A few hours earlier, we were learning the transfer of Saphir Taïder and the departure for an indefinite period of the guard Clément Diop.
The Impact has long given the impression of a team that wanted to be elsewhere and we must admit, Thierry Henry had the enthusiasm of a death row inmate during his half-time interview at TVA Sports.
With this second loss in a row, the Bleu-blanc-noir continues its slide in the standings and is now ninth in the East, having been passed by Nashville.
To think that the Revolution had never won at Red Bull Arena. He had to face a team other than the Red Bulls to achieve this.
Thierry Henry did not hesitate to express his dissatisfaction after the meeting.
“There are nights when I can find positive things, but tonight it’s really hard. We’ve faced them three times and they’ve done the same thing to us. They are aggressive from the start.
“We put in place a game plan that we do not execute. It’s hard to come back from a 2 to 0. ”
Henry had very little ammunition since he was also deprived of Bojan and Zachary Brault-Guillard, wounded.
“I can’t go into details [de leurs blessures], but it’s starting to not be easy for us. We lose players, we lose Rod [Fanni] and Luis [Binks] will be suspended from the next match. “
The Impact was attacked from all sides and the Revolution forged a 2-0 lead between the 13e and the 20e minute on goals from Kekuta Manneh and Teal Bunbury.
Amar Sejdic reduced the score with his second goal in two games (28th), but the first half ended badly when Rod Fanni left on a stretcher following a right hamstring injury. It could spell the end of the 28-year-old veteran’s career.
The Impact, which seemed amorphous during the first half hour of play, had come back to life after Sejdic’s goal. Adam Buksa, however, went 3 to 1 in the 51st minute to cut the legs of the Impact.
The Bleu-blanc-noir had a jolt at the end of the match and Ballou Tabla scored during stoppage time (90 + 2) on a pass from Romell Quioto.
It’s a shame for goaltender James Pantemis, who didn’t get all the support he deserved on his first start in MLS. He still made six saves.
“James looked nervous at the start of the game and then he made saves that made him grow throughout the game,” said Henry.
8/10: Romell Quioto
- Nice push on Sejdic’s goal, he still uses his power to disturb the opposing defense. Also an accomplice of Ballou’s goal.
7/10: James pantemis
- We can feel him nervous at the start of the match, but he recovered and made big saves to keep his team in the game. The goals of the “Revs” are not his responsibility.
7/10: Victor wanyama
- Always impressive in midfield. Win more balloons than he loses. Still solid.
6.5 / 10: Amar Sejdic
- A goal in a second game in a row. He still lacks consistency throughout the game, but there is progress.
6.5 / 10: Ballou Tabla
- He works hard in duels even if he doesn’t win them all. It’s better than in the previous match and he threads the needle at the end of the match.
6.5 / 10: Shamit Shome
- He is combative and assumes a more defensive role by being very mobile on all balls.
6.5 / 10: Samuel Piette
- Large volume of play, he does his best under the circumstances and remains combative on all balls.
6.5 / 10: Joel waterman
- Is beaten a little too easily by Buksa on the third goal of the “Revs”. Fights well on a lot of balls.
6/10: Luis Binks
- Possibly his worst game since being with the team. Often taken out of position, finds himself lagging behind under great pressure.
6/10: Maxi Urruti
- He will look for mistakes by his hard work, but it remains a mixed output.
5.5 / 10: Rod Fanni
- He makes some unusual mistakes, it seemed to go fast for him. He goes out on a stretcher at the end of the first half.
5.5 / 10: Clement Bayiha
- Probably could have put Bunbury out of play on the Revolution’s second goal. Not very bright.
5/10: Mason toye
- Unable to stand out, loses too many balls and contributes little offensively.
5/10: Jorge Corrales
- Equal to himself, he does not necessarily have the level to follow the parade in the MLS.
5/10: Rudy Camacho
- Deficient decision making on the first goal of the “Revs”. Play in a very messy way.