After nightmare travel -- and shutout victory -- Montreal's Evan Bush sounds off

One of the most surprising results of the 2019 MLS season is the Montreal Impact's 3-0 victory at the New England Revolution.

It's no surprise the Impact, starting two 20-year-olds and two 21-year-olds, earned the shutout -- it was its fourth in its last five games -- or the Revs lost -- they are now 2-6-1. They were outshot 10-0 in the first half and so bad over the 90 minutes that Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush didn't have to make a save.



It was a surprise that the match even took place.

The Impact's scheduled commercial flight from Montreal Tuesday night was canceled, and a flight chartered on Wednesday was delayed. Efforts to get the match postponed were turned down, and the Impact didn't get to their team hotel until four hours before kickoff.

Bush, who is tied for second in MLS with four shutouts, said the game should never have happened.

"Honestly, it's a joke in many ways," he told Quebec network TVA after the game. "You can talk with anyone, from the administration to the players to the coaches. The way the last 24 hours happened should have never happened. I'm fine with saying that. The powers that be know how we feel about it. But we didn't use it as an excuse. We used it as a motivation. That's not to say it makes it any better because it became a player safety issue. It's not just a matter of inconvenience to us. It's a matter of being in an airport, for 18 hours basically, going home, getting on three different planes. Going through the circus this morning, getting to the hotel at 3:30 today, having to prepare for a game in less than four hours. And we're lucky we didn't have guys get injured today because of the way their bodies were treated in the last 24 hours."

He said something needs to be done to prevent what he and his teammates went through doesn't happen again.

"If it's a different club, maybe they change something," Bush said. "But we seem to get the short end of the stick on many of these types of decisions. I understand that there's certain things they can't do. But when it comes to players' safety and dealing with the assets of the league -- and the players are the assets of the league in many ways -- the need to do better."
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