AC St. Louis met up with the Montreal Impact for the second time in eleven days Wednesday night. The St. Louisans won the first match. 3-0, but the Impact got their revenge, reversing the score to win 3-0 and take three points. AC St. Louis looked lackluster throughout the contest, as Impact goalkeeper Srjdan Djekanovic had to do little to earn his clean sheet.
Montreal was looking for payback for their 3-0 loss in St. Louis, and Marc Dos Santos’ team got it quickly, scoring twice in the first half. The game started off rather unimpressively, as both teams seemed uncoordinated in attack, , but the Impact got a header by captain Nevio Pizzolito at about the 6 minute mark that was saved by AC St. Louis goalkeeper Alec Dufty. AC St. Louis newcomer Chris Schuler made a couple good outlet passes from the backline, and Zach Bauer had a good takeaway in a one on one situation with Impact forward Ali Gerba, but at the 24 minute mark Philippe Billy crossed a ball into the AC St. Louis box that forward Reda Agourram pounced on to beat Dufty and give the Impact a 1-0. About five minutes later, Simon Gatti stole a ball and delivered a picture-perfect cross to midfielder Tony Donatelli, who headed the ball into the net for his fifth goal of the season. The AC St. Louis first half offense was uncoordinated and lacking in creativity and execution, although Gauchinho unleashed a decent shot and Brad Stisser had a long distance blast that barely went over the Montreal crossbar.
AC St. Louis fared no better in the second half. Gerba unleashed a left-footed shot right after intermission that barely missed the goal, but Montreal basically packed in their defense against the lifeless AC St. Louis attack. The Impact, did however, find a third goal on a powerful shot by Antonio Ribeiro, who just came back to the Impact in the last week. His goal, with about 10 minutes left in the game, led to an even more embarassing effort by AC St. Louis as they sleep walked through the remainder of the contest. Both teams played a man short in the last quarter of the game as Gauchino and Filipe Soares received red cards. Not a smart move by Gauchinho, as his useless red card means that he will miss AC St. Louis’ final game of this road trip against Crystal Palace Baltimore Saturday.
About the only positive thing I can see AC St. Louis taking out of this game was that Chris Schuler got a chance to play, and seemed to do pretty well. I noticed that he connected on several outlet passes up the middle. Otherwise, this was a stinkeroo of a game by AC St. Louis. I realize that they are pretty banged up and have had travel problems on this road trip, but still…..I can forgive a bad effort, which this was, but I don’t understand why some of the players carrying knocks weren’t rested, particularily at the hour mark when the St. Louis squad seemed to give up. I’m a big fan of Alec Dufty, but it may be time to give him a breather and give Chad Becker a start or two in goal.
All in all, this was a game to forget for AC St. Louis fans. Congratulations to Montreal for dominating the game and getting their revenge.
AC St. Louis Starting Lineup: Dufty, Bauer, Velten, Cole, Traynor, Kreamalmeyer, Gauchinho, Stisser, Ambersley, Bloom, Schuler