The New York Red Bulls fell to the Montreal Impact 3-0 Sunday in the side’s first Reserve League match of the 2013 season.
Montreal shot out of the gate early when Zakaria Messoudi lobbed one past the Red Bulls’ back line that was quickly met by a rushing Andrew Wenger to one-time it into the goal past Santiago Castano in the 16th minute.
The Impact doubled up 13 minutes later, when midfielder Collen Warner hit teammate Kevin Luarca in stride, beating Castano with a left-footed shot on the far post.
New York mustered up chances from Josue Martinez, including a 20-yard blast that was stopped by Montreal ‘keeper Evan Bush, and another free kick from 25 yards out in the 28th minute that was pushed aside by Bush. Martinez let one go from just outside the box in the 42nd minute that beat Bush on the far post but hit woodwork and bounced off target. Ruben Bover got his head on a ball into the box in the 62nd minute, but just sent it high over the crossbar.
Unable to close the gap, the Red Bulls switched things up with a few subs in the latter stages of the half, but watched the deficit increase to three when midfielder Blake Smith took a feed from Wenger in the 83rd minute for the final goal of the match.
The Red Bulls’ next Reserve League match is scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 31 against the Columbus Crew.
MTL – GK- Evan Bush; D- Dennis Iapichino (Anthony Jackson-Hamel* 45’), Amine Meftouh*, Wandrille Lefèvre, Zarek Valentin; M- Blake Smith, Calum Mallace (Felix Cardin* 74’), Collen Warner, Kevin Luarca*; F- Zakaria Messoudi*, Andrew Wenger
Unused subs: GK-Maxime Crepeau
NY – GK-Santiago Castano; D-Kevin Politz, Ian Christianson, Michael Bustamante, Erik Sa; M- Ruben Bover (Ethan Decker 66’), Lloyd Sam (Alex Muyl 80’), Adam Najem, Rafhinha; F- Marius Obekop, Josue Martinez (Amando Moreno 73’)
MTL – Wenger (Messoudi) 16’
MTL – Luarca (Warner) 29’
MTL – Smith (Wenger) 83’