Montreal Impact Roberto Brown (white) and Puerto Rico Islander John Krause battle for the ball during United Soccer Leagues First Division action in Montreal, Sunday July 19 2009.

Montreal Impact Roberto Brown (white) and Puerto Rico Islander John Krause battle for the ball during United Soccer Leagues First Division action in Montreal, Sunday July 19 2009.

Photograph by: Allen McInnis, Montreal Gazette

By Randy Phillips, Canwest News Service
July 19, 2009 8:01 PM

MONTREAL — The futility continues for the Montreal Impact.

The Puerto Rico Islanders handed the United Soccer Leagues First Division club its third loss in four games with a 1-0 result before a paid attendance of 11,827 at Saputo Stadium on Sunday.

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Cristian Arrieta scored the only goal seconds before halftime on a penalty kick after he was inadvertently hauled down inside the box by defender Adam Braz. Arrieta beat goalkeeper Srdjan Djekanovic, making his second consecutive start ahead of veteran Matt Jordan, with a waist-high blast to the keeper’s left.

The Impact (5-8-3) failed to make up ground in the standings, and at eighth overall is still shy of a spot in the playoffs. It was also the fifth time in as many games that the team was shutout and it’s allowed nine goals in the process.

“This is a pretty tough loss,” said David Testo, a bright spot in the lineup with a solid effort in central midfield. “We all put in a valid effort . . . we got a little bit unlucky. But we can’t fault anyone in this game, I think we all tried our hardest.

“It’s heartbreaking to have to continue to go through this over and over again. We just have to learn from it and push forward.”

Puerto Rico took over first place in the standings with 34 points, 16 more than Montreal.

Arrieta was a awarded a penalty kick in stoppage time in the first half. Braz protested the call, but that only saw Navarro slap the Impact’s veteran defender with a yellow card — his fifth caution of the season and the result of which is an automatic one-game suspension which Braz will serve Wednesday when the club wraps up its two-game homestand against the Cleveland City Stars.

Striker Roberto Brown also will out sit out Wednesday’s game because of a suspension as he was handed a red card by Navarro seconds after the final whistle and after expressing his frustration and anger at the official’s failure to make calls on what appeared to be several infractions committed by the Islanders in extra time.

Montreal Gazette

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