Impact fall 1-0 in Champions League play
Operation Quetzal was a winner in the hearts 400 needy kids in Guatemala City, but not on the field.
The Impact fall 1-0 to CD Heredia in CONCACAF Champions League play, after surviving from the 44' down a man following a red card for a sliding tackle on Adrian Lopez who was making his debut in Montreal blue.
Rookie Blake Smith generated a great scoring chance in the opening seconds of the game setting up Daniele Paponi inches from the goal. Smith and Paponi would be at the heart of repeated chances.
Despite playing "shorthanded" for the entire 2nd Half, the Impact won accolades from Head Coach Marco Schallibaum.
But things broke down in the 88' when the Guatemalans struck on a rebound allowed by Evan Bush following a set peice.
“With five minutes left we were going to take a point. It’s tough to swallow, especially to give up a goal on a set piece,” said Davy Arnaud. “The red card changed the game completely. We were organized in the second half and dealt with the situation we were in pretty well. We even got a good scoring chance.”
“It’s frustrating to lose a game like this when you put a 90-minute effort,” said defender Jeb Brovsky. “Playing down a man was not easy but we knew it was not going to be easy with 11 players. And giving up a goal like that it’s tough.”
Brovsky's charitable organization Peace Pandemic teamed up with his Montreal supporters---the Jebi Knights---to ensure hundreds of Guatemalan children were at the game and rooting for Montreal.
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