MONTREAL, Quebec. (April 27, 2013) – The Chicago Fire (2-5-1; 7 points) dropped a 2-0 decision to the Montreal Impact (5-1-1; 16 points) at Stade Saputo Saturday afternoon. The Impact’s Andres Romero and Marco Di Vaio scored the only goals of the match as the Fire were forced to play a man down after a 63rd minute red card to midfielder Jeff Larentowicz.
The two sides traded chances as they fought to establish dominance in the opening minutes of the match.
In the 11th minute, Di Vaio swung in an Impact free kick from 30 yards out and found the head of Hassoun Camara. Camara out jumped his defender and snapped his header down, right into the Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson’s arms.
The Fire began to press and in the 17th minute, Sherjill MacDonald dribbled down the left flank and played a square ball to Joel Lindpere. The Estonian midfielder centered the ball to Jeff Larentowicz at the top of the arc, but his right-footed effort forced Perkins to make the save.
The Fire would get another their look on goal and in the 20th minute, Lindpere’s corner kick was cleared by the Impact defense and fell to Daniel Paladini. The Fire midfielder took two touches to settle the ball and unleashed a right-footed blast from 30 yards out that forced Perkins to dive to his right and punch it out.
The hosts opened scoring in the 57th minute when Andres Romero received the ball on the left flank from Andrea Pisanu, dribbled into the box and curled his right-footed shot into the side netting to give the Impact the 1-0 lead.https://editorial.chicago-fire.com/node/add/article
Minutes later the Fire would be forced to play a man down when Larentowicz was shown a red card after appearing to clip Pisanu’s heel as he chased the ball into the Fire’s penalty box.
Di Vaio would put the game away in the 76th minute. With his back to goal, the Italian striker took a touch to settle, and with a quick turn, buried his shot into the bottom corner of the goal just past a diving Johnson.
The Men in Red have a bye week to regroup before welcoming the Philadelphia Union to Toyota Park on Saturday, May 11 at 12:30 p.m. CT (NBC Sports Network/107.9 La Ley). Tickets for the match are available by calling 888-MLS-Fire or by visiting www.Chicago-Fire.com.
- This was the Fire’s first loss to the Montreal Impact. The Fire hold a 1-1-1 record against the Impact and a 0-1-1 record in matches played in Quebec.
- The Fire were without the services of defender Wells Thompson who was serving a one-game suspension that was given to him Thursday by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for his challenge on Columbus Crew midfielder Agustín Viana in the 12th minute of the match on Saturday, April 20
- With Thompson unavailable, Chicago Fire head coach Frank Klopas started the eighth different lineup in as many games.
- The Fire will be without the services of Philadelphia, Penn. native Jeff Larentowicz when they face the Union May 11. Larentowicz will be serving a one game suspension for the red card that he received April 27.
Frank Klopas, Chicago Fire Head Coach
On the game…
“I think we had a good start in the first 25 minutes and then we lost possession in the end of the game, we had an opportunity to keep the ball and the momentum kind of shifted. Then the red card changed everything. Also, because the Impact had two forwards instead of one, we changed our formation a little bit since it wasn’t expected. It was different for sure. The difficult part for us was when Marco and Paponi dropped in between our line. We have to communicate to pick them up and so I don’t think we did a good job with that. It’s always different when you are playing with ten guys.”
On the red card…
“I think it was a terrible call. And then came the second goal as a result of this decision.”
On the decision to start Logan Pause at right back…
“He’s played there before, and we didn’t have any other options. Paladini was in good form and my other option was Mike Videira and he’s had enough concussions, so we put a right back that is experienced and has played that position before.”
Logan Pause, Chicago Fire Defender and Captain
On the game...
“Obviously the game was unfortunate. I think, individually being involved in both goals, I feel like I could have done better. It was not good enough defending for me and I felt like I let the team down a little today. We have a little bit of a break now so we have to move on. I think today we were not on top of our game, but we have been progressing, so we have a lot of soccer to play in the next couple of months. We have to regroup and get back to work and be ready for May 11th.”
On the red card....
“It’s hard to think that the red card was fair if they ended up moving the kick outside of the box. But it’s the referee’s decision so we have to live with it and move on.”
Sean Johnson, Chicago Fire Goalkeeper
“I thought it was a very unfortunate game, it started off well, and in the second half, when they scored, it went down from there. We changed our defense because of the Impact’s two forwards and obviously they are playing at home so they went in more aggressively in the second half, so they ended up putting two in the back of the net.”
Chicago Fire 0 – 2 Montreal Impact
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Daniel Paladini, Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares; Patrick Nyarko (Dilly Duka 83’), Logan Pause ©, Jeff Larentowicz, Joel Lindpere (Alex 78’); Chris Rolfe, Sherjill MacDonald (Maicon Santos 66’)
Substitutes not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Hunter Jumper, Michael Videira, Corben Bone,
Montreal Impact: Troy Perkins; Jeb Brovsky, Hassoun Camara, Alessandro Nesta (Wandrille Lefevre 54’), Dennis Iapichino; Andrea Pisanu (Justin Mapp 72’), Davy Arnaud ©, Andres Romero, Felipe Martins (Patrice Bernier 61’); Daniele Paponi, Marco Di Vaio
Substitutes not used: Evan Bush, Sanna Nyassi, Collen Warner, Andrew Wegner
MTL – Andres Romero 57’ (Andrea Pisanu, Wandrille Lefevre)
MTL – Marco Di Vaio 76’ (Daniele Paponi, Jeb Brovsky)
MTL – Dennis Iapichino (caution) 43’
CHI – Jeff Larentowicz (ejection) 63’
CHI – Sean Johnson (caution) 64’
MTL – Marco Di Vaio (caution) 64’
MTL – Wandrille Lefevre (caution) 74’
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistants: Peter Manikowski, Greg Barkey
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu