New England Soccer Today

Revs fall in Montreal

Lee Nguyen’s fantastic strike against Montreal wasn’t enough to get the Revs a result. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

The Montreal Impact made it back-to-back disappointments for the New England Revolution against Canadian clubs, winning 2-1 over the Revs on Wednesday night at Saputo Stadium in Montreal.

Patrice Bernier opened the scoring in the 28th for expansion club on a penalty earned by Sanna Nyassi. The Revs would grab one back just before halftime on a long range Lee Nguyen blast to knot the score, but Nyassi would have the final say, scoring in the 67th minute to give the Impact the win.

Montreal (7-12-3, 24 points) leapfrogged the Revs (6-9-4, 22 points) into seventh place in the East with the win. The Revs have now dropped two in a row, having lost at home to Toronto FC, 1-0, on Saturday, which had ended New England’s five game unbeaten run.

With Shalrie Joseph a late scratch due to back stiffness and Stephen McCarthy out with concussive-like symptoms, the Revs handed Darrius Barnes his first start of the season at center back.  Goalkeeper Matt Reis returned in net after Bobby Shuttleworth started the past two games. Kelyn Rowe was inserted back into the starting line-up upon his return from suspension and Ryan Guy made his first start since May, as the Revs employed a 4-5-1 formation with Saer Sene alone up top and Lee Nguyen playing as an attacking central midfielder behind him.

After some good early pressure by the Revs, Montreal began to dominate possession for a brief period, but it wasn’t until the game began to even out a bit that the Impact grabbed the lead through a 28th minute penalty after Sanna Nyassi went down easily in the box with Chris Tierney in pursuit. Patrice Bernier ended up having to take three penalty kicks – scoring each time – due to various infractions before the third one counted.

The Revs then threatened in the 36th minute when Saer Sene picked up a long ball from Chris Tierney at the top of the box and held off two defenders before turning and driving a low shot on frame.

Lee Nguyen equalized for the visitors in the 44th minute after getting the ball from Kelyn Rowe. Nguyen blasted a stunning shot from 35 yards that rattled off the crossbar, but hit off the back of Donovan Ricketts’ legs and rolled to tie it at 1-1.

The match tightened up in the second half and chances were at a premium, but the Impact felt they could’ve had another penalty in the 51st minute when Davy Arnaud went down in the box after tangling with Barnes.

Looking to push for a winner, head coach Jay Heaps brought on striker Blake Brettschneider for defensive midfielder Clyde Simms.

The substitution seemed to open up the game, which worked out well for Montreal, who took advantage of poor defending to take back the lead in the 67th minute. Justin Mapp found acres of space down the left flank and sent in a cross where an unmarked Nyassi volleyed it into the lower corner to make it 2-1.

The Revs continued to push numbers forward looking for an equalizer with Fernando Cardenas and Sainey Nyassi, making his season debut, entering off the bench. Outside of a few efforts from Nguyen, New England struggled to create chances before falling to their ninth defeat of the season.

The Revs return to action on Saturday at Sporting Kansas City at 8:30 p.m. The match can be seen live on Comcast Sports New England.


  1. Henk vL

    July 19, 2012 at 7:48 am


    Somebody needs to teach Sene that he has a right leg. BB should never see the field again….completely whiffed on a ball in the 6 yard box. Not sure what Rowe is doing….ever.

    The Revs lost to the two worst defensive teams in the Eastern Conference….nuff said.

  2. Jim

    July 19, 2012 at 10:41 am

    It’s odd that Heaps would choose a mid-week, very-much-on-the-road game at a never-played-at-before stadium to try a new(ish) formation, and switch everything up.

    Barnes and Guy starting after considerable time off?

    Nyassi brought in to spark the offense? – Nyassi???

    Rowe starting when he has proved more effective off the bench?

    I understand the lack of options due to injury, and Heaps’ attempt to have two starting XI’s, but come on now. What kind of chemistry can we expect in this situation?

    Poor play all around. Sene just isn’t a target forward. We knew this when we picked him up. Neither is Brett-nasty, really (some would consider him not a striker at all, or even a player, for that matter)

    Just a gross game. Everything was awful. I wonder if Heaps told everyone to take more shots? Leading to all the wild long shots in this game.

    Definitely a forgettable game. Nyassi’s twin brother’s GOTW effort was the final kick in the pants. Our Nyassi answers by sending in crosses 10 x worse than Alston could ever imagine.

  3. Mat

    July 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Frustrating! I’ve been saying it all can someone like Sene be a professional soccer player if he has absolutely NO confidence in that right foot?

    BB–I hope that with this new signing we made that means BB is gone. He is absolutely terrible. His finishing is awful.

    I feel that we were doomed from the start. I was not at all impressed by the formation used. And when I saw the uneffective Sene come out I felt our tiny chance of equalizing was completely gone.

    I’m wondering why we haven’t seen Moreno (wouldn’t he be a way better option than BB?). And also, if BB is going to be playing so much..why don’t we put Diego in there instead? He’s more exciting, more skilled, and has done way more in a much smaller amount of time than BB has.

    Awful free kicks again. The corners were so ugly. Hope we can pick up a specialist or something because it’s embarrassing.

    Very difficult to sit and want to watch this game.

    • Jim

      July 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      I’d like to keep BB because his wage is so low, and he is young & domestic – a good MLS depth piece. At least until we can draft a promising striker or pick up another young domestic project striker.

      I think Heaps plays him because he is big (he isn’t really – but Heaps thinks he is – Causey & Brad apparently think so too) and he is more likely to latch onto a header & hold up play I suppose.

      Odd that Moreno isn’t seeing more time. Is he hurt ?(writers? any ideas?) But yes – I agree – Diego is solid off the bench & Moreno would make more sense.

  4. rick sewall

    July 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Sene has problems shooting [ along with a lack of confidence] because he doesn’t have a good idea of how to do it. His one fairly good right footed shot would have been better if he’d learn to follow through properly. Proper technique can make a hugh difference in a team’s wins and losses. Bad technique means more losses. The only consolation for the Revs is that other teams have similar problems.

  5. Mike d

    July 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    We need to pick up a free kick/corner specialist I agree, but who do we take out of our starting line up to put in this specialist. I think our midfield is set with Benny Lee Simms and Joesph when healthy then our two forwards up top Jerry and Sene. That leaves our defense, I don’t think either of our cbs are going anywhere, Heaps love them both and they have been doing ok this year. As for Alston, he’s had an above average year for his standards, leaving only LB Tierney. I could see him being benched, he is supposed to be the clinical crosser on our team, but hes been lacking all year from corners and free kicks. I think that is our biggest need replacing Tierney and getting some one who can put in a good ball on set plays.

    Of course Sene hasn’t been playing well as of late, but I think he’s trying to do too much on his own. He needs a partner up top he trusts to finish and make good plays, Blake is not the answer. Why is Sene going to pass to Blake when he can’t finish, Sene has more confidence in his own finishing so he takes on the rest of the defense alone. Hopefully time with Jerry Bengston will sooth the attack problems this team has. Remember Sene was a goal scoring machine earlier in the season! How long ago it seems ha

    • Sean Donahue

      July 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Hey, you didn’t consider the Rogerio Ceni option!

  6. Mike d

    July 20, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Reis has taken pks…haha

  7. rick sewall

    July 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Completely agree with Mike d’s comments.

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