By losing to Nashville SC on Tuesday at Red Bull Arena, the Montreal Impact placed itself in a delicate situation in the race for the playoffs.
As the two clubs clashed for the very first time in the Major League Soccer (MLS), Randall Leal scored the lone goal of the game to move the expansion club to seventh in the Eastern Conference with a good 7-6-7 record for 28 points .
The Impact remains in ninth place in the East with a record of 7-12-2. Inter Miami CF and Chicago Fire are behind by two points on the Montreal eleven and have one and two games in hand respectively. The first 10 clubs advance to the playoffs.
Alex Muyl was behind the only net in the game. After being the target of a foul, he quickly played a free kick, taking Montreal’s defense by surprise. Leal quickly beat defenders Luis Banks and Jorge Corrales and beat goalkeeper Clément Diop. It all happened in the 33rd minute.
In the 64th minute, defender Joel Waterman prevented the expansion team from doubling their lead by blocking a headlobe of Walker Zimmerman’s head at the goal line.
Romell Quioto believed he had equalized in the 85th minute, but the referees ruled he was slightly offside on the streak.
Defender Daniel Lovitz was playing his first game against the Bleu-Blanc-Noir since he was traded last November.
Orji Okwonkwo was making a comeback with the Impact after missing seven games with a thigh injury. He entered the game in the second half.
The Impact will return to action on Sunday by hosting the Orlando City SC at Red Bull Arena. He will then travel to Washington to face DC United on November 8, in his last game of the regular season.