MONTREAL, CANADA - JULY 18: Lee Nguyen #24 of the New England Revolution moves the ball past Felipe Martins #7 of the Montreal Impact during the MLS match at the Saputo Stadium on July 18, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Impact 1, Revolution 0: Nyassi's Stunning Solo Effort Shuts Down Revs

The New England Revolution have now made it six matches without a win, and three in a row lost, as Sanna Nyassi's brilliant individual goal was enough to give the Montreal Impact the victory at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.

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Revolution Vs. Impact: Nyassi Stunner Extends New England's Winless Streak

The New England Revolution dropped yet another home result, this time to the Montreal Impact as Sanna Nyassi's brilliant goal held up for a 1-0 loss. It was the third defeat on the trot for the Revs, who haven't won in six games.


Revolution Vs. Impact Update: Brilliant Sanna Nyassi Individual Effort Puts Montreal Ahead 1-0

The New England Revolution entertained the Montreal Impact on Sunday night hoping for their first win in five games, but instead find themselves in a familiar position: trailing. A brilliant individual effort from Sanna Nyassi resulted in a go-ahead goal, giving the Impact a 1-0 lead at Gillette Stadium.

Nyassi received the ball back in his own end and took off. The Gambian speedster took it over the center line unchallenged before A.J. Soares finally stepped to him. But a quick touch from the winger turned Soares far too easily, and Nyassi continued on. Chris Tierney tried to come across from his left-back position and tackle the ball off of Nyassi's feet, but again the Impact midfielder was too quick, nicking the ball away and finding himself clear in on goal. His drive caught the hand of Matt Reis but breezed through it and into the back of the net.

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Revolution Vs. Impact: New England Denied Twice By Woodwork, Still 0-0 At Half

The New England Revolution had the better of the play, but the Montreal Impact held on for the first 45 minutes as both teams enter the half deadlocked at zero. New England saw two great efforts on goal denied by the crossbar and the post.

Felipe Martins had the first chance of the match in the very first minute, ripping a daisycutter from outside the box that Matt Reis handled comfortably. Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier then went in the book in the seventh minute for a brutally late challenge on Benny Feilhaber that left the Revs midfielder shaken up.

The Revs took over from there. Lee Nguyen nearly opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a rip from about 25 yards that flashed just over the bar. Then, in the 36th, Chris Tierney skipped across the top of the box and tried to curl in a cross with the outside of his left foot. The ball skipped through the area and missed everybody, but it was curling so wickedly that it looked destined for the back of the net, but was denied by the far post.

Saer Sene had the last great chance of the half. Nguyen, Jerry Bengtson, and Sene were on a quick counterattack, and Nguyen played an excellent cross-field ball past Bengtson, finding Sene charging into the area. The Frenchman took the ball down with his left before opening his hips and trying to curl one past Troy Perkins. He had the keeper beat, but not the crossbar.

The preferred tactic for the Impact has appeared to be "beat the heck out of Lee Nguyen," as the Revolution midfielder has endured more than his share of rough challenges and physical encounters, most of which have not been recognized by the referee. New England has struggled to put good passing sequences together, as evidenced by their holding only 40.5% possession in the half.


Revolution Vs. Impact Lineups: Soares And Alston Healthy, Bengtson Starts

Despite injury concerns, Jay Heaps appears to have felt comfortable enough in his roster to trot out a full-strength lineup for Sunday night's clash against the Montreal Impact. The New England Revolution are fighting to end a five-game winless streak that dates back to the second week of July and includes a loss to the Impact in Montreal.

Both A.J. Soares and Kevin Alston were listed as questionable in Friday's injury report, but it would appear that the extra day of rest did them some good as both will take the pitch on Sunday night as starters. Having a full-strength first-choice back line could be crucial to the Revs' hopes of containing the Montreal attack.

Jerry Bengtson, who returned last week after an exciting and successful Olympic campaign with Honduras, will make his first-ever MLS start. Bengtson has made two appearances for the Revolution since signing, scoring a goal on his debut against New York in July.


Revolution: Matt Reis; Alston, Stephen McCarthy, Soares, Chris Tierney; Ryan Guy, Benny Feilhaber, Clyde Simms, Lee Nguyen; Bengtson, Saer Sene

Bench: Murray, Barnes, Cardenas, Fagundez, Imbongo, Lechner, Rowe

Impact: Troy Perkins; Hassoun Camara, Dennis Iapichino, Matteo Ferrari, Jeb Brovsky; Patrice Bernier, Collen Warner, Justin Mapp, Felipe Martins; Davy Arnaud, Marco Di Vaio

Bench: Bush, Neagle, Nyassi, Ouimette, Thomas, Ubiparipovic, Wenger

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