The New England Revolution’s seven-game unbeaten streak came to a crashing halt on Saturday as the Montreal Impact handed them a 2-0 loss at Stade Saputo.
The last-place Impact went right to work against the first-place Revolution, who conceded a third-minute goal to Andres Romero, then watched Jack McInerney strike in the 38th minute. Former Cape Cod Crusader Troy Perkins made three saves to collect his second clean sheet of the season.
The Revolution (7-4-2, 23 points) tasted defeat for the first time since a 2-0 loss to D.C. on April 5. The Impact (2-6-4, 10 points) grabbed their first league win since a 1-0 win over Philadelphia on April 26.
What it means: Saturday’s game was nothing short of a classic gut check for the Revolution, who rode into the match unbeaten in their last seven (6-0-1). On paper, the Impact, who didn’t start Justin Mapp or Patrice Bernier, stood little chance against their first-place opponents. But the Impact stepped on the accelerator right from the start, and showed they meant business when Romero secured the opening goal in remarkably easy fashion during the third minute. Unable to match the Impact’s intensity, the Revolution allowed another to fall through near the shadow of halftime. Whether the Revolution truly underestimated the Impact is uncertain, but they certainly looked like a team that seemed surprised by Montreal’s ambitions at Stade Saputo.
Stat of the match: With nothing to lose against their first-place opponent, the last-place Impact immediately put the Revolution on their heels by firing eight shots on frame in the first half. At halftime, New England had registered only one shot on goal.
Rowe returns to the lineup: For the first time since the Revolution’s 0-0 draw vs. Vancouver on March 22, Kelyn Rowe saw his name penciled in amongst the starters. Rowe, who missed six games due to a hamstring injury, came on as a second-half substitute in the Revolution’s last three games before Saturday’s start. Rowe went 62 minutes before giving way to Daigo Kobayashi, the player he replaced in the lineup.
Mullins’ scoring streak ends: For the first time since Revolution coach Jay Heaps made him the starting striker on May 3 at Toronto, rookie Patrick Mullins failed to find the back of the net. The 11th overall pick in this year’s draft had tied a rookie record (originally set by former Fire forward Damani Ralph) last week by scoring in his fourth straight game.
MacInerney strikes again: He may have been wearing different colors this time around, but that didn’t stop Jack McInerney from resuming his role of Revolution antagonist with his 38th-minute goal. Prior to Saturday’s game, the former Philadelphia Union striker had scored four goals -- three of them game-winners -- in nine career games against the Revolution.
Back to home before the break: The Revolution will look to regroup from Saturday’s loss on Sunday, June 8, when they host the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. The match will be the final game the Revolution will play before the league-wide, three-week break for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.