Carlos Miguel Coronel (13) makes a save against CF Montreal during the first half at Stade Saputo. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)
The way things are falling for the Red Bulls these you have to wonder if they’re ever going to win another game this MLS season.
Their winless streak reached seven games as they fell at CF Montreal, 2-1, at Stade Saputo Saturday night.
“Yeah, one more time, a very big, disappointing night for me, for my boys,” Red Bulls head coach Gerard Struber said in his opening statement of the postgame press conference.
Goalkeeper Carlos Coronel saved two penalty kicks in second-half stoppage time as the Red Bulls thought they were going to leave with a 1-1 draw.
Video Assistant Review calls, however, found the Brazilian native had stepped off his line. A third attempt was the charm for Montreal. On his third try, Victor Wanyama converted the game-winning PK eight minutes into added time.
“I think that the referee has not a brilliant day,” Struber said.
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Added Red Bulls defender Andrew Gutman: “It’s just a crazy situation, honestly. I mean you ask a goalkeeper to make one save, you don’t ask him to make three penalty kick saves, that’s unrealistic. For him to do what he did is honestly incredible, I’ve never seen something like that. He’s a great goalkeeper and a great guy and he didn’t deserve that at all.”
As it turned out, the visitors grabbed a 1-0 lead in first-half added time after Aljaz Struna fouled Andrew Gutman with a diving tackle inside the box. Patryk Klimala put home the penalty for a 1-0 halftime advantage.
Montreal equalized behind a Sunusi Ibrahim goal in the 71at minute.
“We have to find more control in this game, and we lose too much the control,” Struber said. “We have not always the momentum in our hands. It switched in the first half and second half and it was very difficult today and we realize the team from Montreeal are very good especially on the ground to play very quick with some very good key players.”
The Red Bulls have not won since July 3.
“It’s clear that everyone is extremely disappointed,” Struber said.
“I can feel that the players left everything on the field today. They fight what they can today and I think this is, first of all, the most important thing. In the end, you need a little bit luck, and you need also official referee team [that] they can handle special moments in a fair direction.”