Didger Drogba scored deep into second half stoppage time, putting a long distance free kick off goalkeeper Brian Rowe to lift the Montreal Impact to 3-2 win over the LA Galaxy Saturday night at State Saputo.
The victory snapped a six-match winless streak for Montreal (5-4-4), which celebrated its first-ever win over the LA Galaxy (4-2-6), which had a nine-match unbeaten steak come to an end in dramatic fashion.
On his first MLS goal of his career, Lucas Ontivero gave the Impact a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute after receiving a quick pass from Ignacio Piatti, but Mike Magee responded just two minutes later to level at two.
Giovani dos Santos put Los Angeles in front in the eighth minute when he capitalized on a Montreal defensive gaffe for his sixth goal of the season. Magee got a piece of ball played in front by Robbie Rogers and the ball popped up in the air. Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush called for the ball, but defender Maxim Tissot attempted to play it. The ball rolled off Tissot’s back to dos Santos, who tapped in easily.
The Impact leveled in the 26th minute on a terrific counter started when Dominic Oduro won the ball in his own defensive third and played forward to Drogba, who played a give-and-go with Oduro. The Ghanaian forward cut inside of Jelle Van Damme and played to an open Piatti, who beat Rowe to the ball and scored from 15 yards out for his eighth goal of the season.
LA Galaxy 2, Montreal Impact 3
Saturday, May 28, 2016
2016 MLS Regular Season
Stade Saputo – Montreal
LA – Giovani dos Santos 8’
MTL – Ignacio Piatti (Assisted by Dominic Oduro, Didier Drogba) 26’
MTL – Lucas Ontivero (Assisted by Ignacio Piatti) 56’
LA – Mike Magee (Assisted by Steven Gerrard, Sebastian Lletget) 58’
MTL – Didier Drogba 90’+4
MTL – Patrice Bernier (caution) 68’
LA – Alan Gordon (caution) 90’+2
LA – Daniel Steres (caution) 90’+4
MTL – Didier Drogba (caution) 90’+5
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Robbie Rogers, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme, Ashley Cole; Sebastian Lletget (Baggio Husidic 78’), Steven Gerrard ©, Nigel de Jong (Jeff Larentowicz 90’+2), Emmanuel Boateng (Alan Gordon 66’); Giovani dos Santos, Mike Magee
Substitutions not used: Dan Kennedy, A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Rafael Garcia
SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; CORNERS: 3; OFFSIDES: 1; SAVES: 4
Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Kyle Fisher, Hassoun Camara, Wandrille Lefevre, Maxin Tissot; Marco Donadel (Patrice Bernier 37’), Kyle Bekker, Dominic Oduro (Harry Shipp 78’), Lucas Ontivero (Michael Salazar 88’), Ignacio Piatti; Didier Drogba
Substitutions not used: Eric Kronberg, Eric Alexander, Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, Cameron Porter
SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; CORNERS: 5; OFFSIDES: 0; SAVES: 1
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Matthew Nelson and Kermit Quisenberry
4th Official: Mark Kadlecik