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Montreal Impact furious at penalty decision in 3-2 loss to Minnesota United

Minnesota United record third consecutive win against the Impact, move to 3-0-0 all-time record

Jul 6, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush (1) makes a save against Minnesota United midfielder Ethan Finlay (13) during the second half at Stade Saputo. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

MONTREAL — Evan Bush and the Montreal Impact were furious at the VAR. 

”It hasn’t been a good summer for VAR in many places,” Bush said after the Impact’s 3-2 loss to Minnesota United Saturday at Stade Saputo.

The Impact were up 2-1 when Minnesota were given a penalty in stoppage time of the first half. Ethan Finlay came into contact with Bush after a breakaway opportunity.

Finlay played the ball to his left and knocked into the Montreal goalkeeper. Minnesota was awarded a penalty and Bush received a yellow card after the action went to Video Review.

“He hesitated, didn’t shoot and to tried and push it around me and I knew that what he was going for was a penalty,” Bush said. “I kept my hands out and stood my ground and he ran into me. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do in that situation.”

Referee Alan Kelly said the penalty was given for “denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity for committing a foul while attempting to play the ball.” He added that Bush’s yellow card was “for committing a foul on (the) Minnesota player in (the) penalty area not having played the ball.”

Bush added he had a hard time putting his head around the VAR system.

“At the end of the day, if you’re not going to give the guy watching the replay any power than why have the guy there?” Bush said. “Referees are like players. Your adrenaline is going, your emotions are going. I don’t know what the stats are for overturning calls when you go to VAR but I think that sometimes there’s pride involved in not wanting to overturn those calls.”

Jul 6, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Impact defender Rudy Camacho (4) celebrates his goal against Minnesota United goalkeeper Vito Mannone (1) with teammates during the first half at Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal coach Remi Garde said that too many decisions from officials aren’t going the Impact’s way and his squad is noticing.  

“They are very strange decisions,” Garde said. “I didn’t talk about it, but last week in Atlanta there was a penalty on Rudy (Camacho) that no one talked about. It happens every week and it’s really tiring.” 

Finlay: “I don’t think there’s anything for them to be upset about” 

Minnesota’s penalty turned out to be one of the most booed goals in Stade Saputo history. Finlay thought Kelly made the right decision on the play. 

“All the procedures went through, they should feel great about it to be honest,” Finaly said. “It went to VAR, it wasn’t like it was questioned and they didn’t go to VAR.”

Finlay added he didn’t think that “there’s anything for (the Impact) to be upset about.”

“All 24 teams knows how it goes,” Finlay said. “We’ve all been on the right side and the wrong side, but the procedure went through. That’s what it’s put in for, to get the right call.”

The Loons left Quebec with a third straight win in MLS play. Minnesota also hold on to a perfect 3-0-0 all-time record against the Impact.

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