One game, 100 words (or less): After failing to convert their of early chances — opportunities that hinted New York would have its way with the East’s cellar dwellers — it was Montréal drew first blood, with Dilly Duka giving the Impact a 1-0 lead they’d take into halftime.
In the second half, Thierry Henry took over. With two goals and an assist within the half’s first 30 minutes, Henry built a lead his team would never relinquish, with final goals for each side leaving the Red Bulls with a 4-2 result.
New York : Thierry Henry (53′, 67′), Bradley Wright-Phillips (74′ 90′)
Montréal: Dilly Duka (37′), Andrés Romero (79′)
Three Moments That Mattered:
53′ – Thier …
67′ – … ry …
74′ – … Henry:
Right now, your MLS Player of the Week.
New York: Luis Robles; Chris Duvall, Ibrahim Sekagya, Jamison Olave, Roy Miller’ Lloyd Sam, Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill (Peguy Luyindula 67′), Eric Alexander (Ambrose Oyongo 60′), Thierry Henry (Saer Sene 83′), Bradley Wright-Phillips
Montréal: Evan Bush; Hassoun Camara, Wandrille Lefevre, Matteo Ferrari, Krzysztof Krol (Anthony Jackson-Hamel 81′); Calum Mallace, Felipe Martins; Andrés Romero, Dilly Duka, Ignacio Piatti (Maxim Tissot 69′); Jack McInerney (Marco Di Vaio 62′)
Three lessons going forward
1. Thierry Henry is still a match-winner – Sometimes, it’s just nice to be reminded.
2. Montréal may be stronger than their record suggests – While we asked, in the weekend preview, “If you can’t beat Montréal, what can you do,” the Impact looked legitimately capable at times on Saturday. Piatti, Duka, and Romero, playing in front of Felipe, formed an attack that could develop into something decent, if not outright dynamic. Calling them dangerous may be a step too far, but a previously dormant team showed more spark than it has through most of the summer.
3. – Bradley Wright-Phillips could still catch Lassiter and Wondo – Time to do our maths, mate. BWP, now up to 20 goals (a team record), is averaging a goal every 91 minutes. New York has 900 minutes left in its regular season. Carry the one, divide by π, and the Red Bull sniper is on pace for around 30 boas, provided he plays those minutes.
Even if Wright-Phillips slows, the league’s single season record (27) is within reach, though it might be out of his hands. Thierry Henry will need to stay hot; but if he does BWP could topple Roy and Wondo.
Where this leaves them
- New York stays fifth, one point ahead of New England and within two points of Columbus and Toronto.
- Montréal remains at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.