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What did we learn in New England’s shock loss to Montreal?

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New England Revolution suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Eastern Conference bottom-side Montreal Impact. Here are the key takeaways from the game:

1. This is the reason why we all love soccer so much.

The beauty of the game was prevalent in this match.

Montreal Impact are rooted to the foot of the Eastern Conference table and only had one solitary victory to their name all season coming in to this match.

By stark contrast, New England were the in-form side in MLS having won five on the spin, including a resounding 5-0 victory over Seattle – the Western Conference leaders.

Montreal were superb and made New England look poor, showing that the position in the table counts for nothing once the game begins.

2. A classic case of complacency from New England.

The Revs seemed to be taken by surprise by how well Montreal Impact were playing and this was compounded when Andres Romero tucked away the first goal inside three minutes.

It appeared that New England thought they were just going to turn up and come away with an easy three points.

It soon became clear that it wasn’t quite as simple as that and they struggled to snap out of a sluggish start to the first-half.

It was a disappointing way to see a 7-game unbeaten run come to an end.

3. There is hope for every MLS team.

Many would have written off Montreal Impact’s chances coming in to this game and it was hard to argue against it beforehand.

Considering how many goals New England Revolution have been scoring, it was remarkable to see them create so little chances, only managing to muster up 3 shots-on-target all game.

Other teams in MLS can take note of the good work by Montreal and use this game as a marker for how to stop The Revs in future.

 

Montreal’s next game comes in the Canadian Championship Final when they face Toronto FC on Wednesday.

Their next MLS game is on 11th June when they host DC United. It will be a tough game as DC United are having a good campaign, but after this brilliant result, Montreal will feel that anything is possible.

New England Revolution need to bounce back and they will try their best to do so when they take on a stuttering New York Red Bulls on 8th June.

Highlights via MLS on YouTube:

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)

MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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