MLS Reserve League Match 7: Crew falls to Montreal 1-0

87th-minute goal from Montreal's Mircea Ilcu gives visiting Impact the win

Matt Lampson

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OBETZ, OH -- The Columbus Crew Reserves (2-4-1) lost 1-0 to the Montreal Impact Reserves (3-0-1) on an 87th-minute winner from Mircea Ilcu on Sunday morning at the Obetz Training Facility.

The Black & Gold peppered Montreal’s keeper Evan Bush for much of the first half, but were unable to find the back of the net. Ethan Finlay provided the first major scoring chance for the Crew in the 21st-minute, pushing a one-on-one opportunity slightly wide of Bush’s left goalpost.

In the 81st-minute, Crew midfielder Tony Tchani watched his penalty kick from the spot get tipped over the crossbar by Bush after Justin Meram was fouled inside the box to set up the chance from the spot. Six minutes later, Montreal’s Mircea Ilcu sealed the match with a run down the left flank of the pitch as Ilcu’s movement forced the Crew defense to crash towards the end line, allowing him to cut back into the vacant space and score the winner across the face of Crew ‘keeper Matt Lampson.

The Crew Reserves return to action on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET against the Dayton Dutch Lions at Crew Stadium.

MATCH SUMMARY

Columbus Crew 0 – Montreal Impact 1
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Venue: Obetz Training Facility
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistants: Joseph Kuzma, Tori Penso
Fourth Official: Michael Farmer
Weather: 72 degrees and light rain

SCORING SUMMARY
MTL – Mircea Ilcu (unassisted) 87’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY
MTL – Amine Meftouh (caution) 9’
CLB – Tony Tchani (caution) 26’

Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Amine Meftouh, Calum Mallace, Wandrille Lefevre, Karl Ouimette, Paolo Del Piccolo, Maxi Rodriguez (Dominique Morin* 67’), Blake Smith (Jeremy Gagnon 61*), Zakaria Messoudi, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Mircea Ilcu

Substitutes not used: Maxime Crepeau

*Academy Player, ^Guest Player

Columbus Crew: Matt Lampson; Jacob Atkinson* (Andrew McKelvey* 90’), Eric Gehrig, Kevan George (Brady Blackwell* 75’), Agustin Viana (Charlie Reymann* 31’), Ethan Finlay, Konrad Warzycha, Tony Tchani, Justin Meram, Aaron Schoenfeld, Shawn Sloan

Substitutes not used: Daniel Withrow, Brad Stuver^, Ben Swanson*

*Academy Player, ^Guest Player