Montrealers will fell wronged following Week 30.
They'll be wrong in doing so.
Their club—the Montreal Impact—fell 3-0 to the Vancouver Whitecaps at Saputo Stadium on Saturday. But don't let the final scoreline fool you. As resolute as it was, the match was not devoid of some controversy.
A pair of correct calls from referee Jorge Gonzalez ultimately sealed the Impact's fate in the first half.
In the sixth minute, Hassoun Camara attempted to gather himself amid a vigorous Vancouver attack. A slip inside the area would soon bring a chaotic end to his calamitous sequence. The shot from Matt Watson triggered the Frenchman's childhood instincts. The ball would clearly strike his hand en route to goal. Gonzalez had no choice but to point but the spot.
Kenny Miller had no choice but to bury Camara's gift.
Thirty-one minutes later, the Whitecaps would return the favor. A shot from Patrice Bernier deflected off Jun Marques Davidson's arm. Once more, Gonzalez pointed to the spot. Montreal's equalizer was imminent.
Or so we thought.
After communicating with his assistants, the referee opted to reverse his initial decision. The replays show the ball striking the upper area of the chest adjacent to Davidson's shoulder. The defender did indeed make a concerted effort to deflect Bernier's shot.
He just didn't do it with his arm.
Camilo Sanvezzo wouldn't leave it to chance in the closing minutes of the match. The Brazilian netted a brace in a two minute span to seal the 3-0 victory. His final of the two was powerful enough to shake the MLS standings.
The loss was Montreal's second consecutive at home.
This recent run of form doesn't bode well for a club which had hopes of finishing atop the Eastern Conference.
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