The Montreal Impact continued their inspired play opening up a 2-0 lead against the LA Galaxy at Saputo Stadium last night, but it wasn’t enough to come away with the three points as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Ignacio Piatti, Montreal’s most recent designated player, once again showed flashes of brilliance that has many Impact fans optimistic for next year – and hopeful Piatti wants to stay in the city long term.
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The Argentine midfielder again looked dangerous almost every time he had the ball and ended the game with a goal and was a key player on Marco Di Vaio’s strike to open the scoring.
Piatti found Dilly Duka down the left side who put the ball in the box for Di Vaio who made no mistake in the 28th minute. The team then ran over to teammate Karl Ouimette on the sidelines. The team dedicated the game to Ouimette’s sister Julie who passed away after a 12 year battle with leukemia last week.
Later, Piatti made good on a 3-on-0 break that turned into a 3-on-2 when Felipe found him in the middle of the box. Piatti took his time to avoid the defender and fire a low shot in the net. Duka also had two assists on the night.
In the second half, the Impact seemed to sit back and allowed two goals in a span of five minutes to the Galaxy who were pushing to get back into the game.
Both goals were similar in that the Impact lost track of attacking players. On the first goal, Gyasi Zardes snuck behind the Impact defenders and put home a low pass to make it 2-1. A few minutes later, Robbie Keane found Alan Gordon for a tap-in goal past Impact keeper Evan Bush.
Here are some thoughts from the Impact in their press release.
"“We are not satisfied because we were winning 2-0 in the first half,” said Marco Di Vaio. “We could have scored a third goal, but I am happy because we played with the same intensity in the first and second half. We have been doing a lot better for the last month and a half so we know that we can take on these big teams. That’s a positive thing, but we did want to win. We wanted to win this game for Karl and his family. We wanted to do a nice gesture for him and give them positive emotions in this hard time.”“We knew it was going to be an emotional match,” said head coach Frank Klopas. “We are where we are right now and we won`t be giving up until the end. There`s a lot to play for right now and we have one of our biggest games of the year next week. We need all of our fans to be there for us. We need this place very loud because this isn’t over yet.”“They are a good team, so even though we are disappointed with giving up a two-goal lead, we knew they were going to be dangerous offensively,” said goalkeeper Evan Bush. “We played hard against one of the best teams in the league and got a result.”"
The Impact now head to Boston to face off against the New England Revolution on Saturday night and then return to Saputo Stadium to face the New York Red Bulls in the first of their CONCACAF Champions League games.
Felipe will miss the Impact’s next game as he has accumulated too many yellow cards.