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July 2, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Impact rally past Revs, Maidana lifts Houston in stoppage time


MONTREAL IMPACT 3, NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2
MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact rallied from two goals down to edge the New England Revolution 3-2 Saturday at Stade Saputo.

Michael Salazar scored twice and Ignacio Piatti added a goal to erase Kei Kamara's brace and pull Montreal (6-4-6, 24 pts) to second place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the Philadelphia Union with a game in hand.

The Revs (4-6-7, 19) opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Lee Nguyen, on the left, found Kelyn Rowe, who in turn fed Kamara, who finished powerfully to Evan Bush's right. The goal made Kamara the 16th player in MLS history to reach the 80-goal plateau for his career. He currently ranks second among all active MLS players in goals, trailing only San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski (116).

Kamara completed his brace--the first of the year by a Revolution player-- in the 33rd minute on an in-swinging corner kick taken by left back Chris Tierney. Kamara nodded the ball in past Bush to give the Revs a two-goal lead. That goal also moved Kamara into 14th in career goals in MLS history, surpassing Brian McBride and Josh Wolff on the list.

Montreal replied seven minutes later. Jose Gonçalves tried to clear Ambroise Oyongo's cross but lifted the ball straight in the air, and Salazar headed it in for his first MLS goal, in his first start.

In the 49th minute, Hassoun Camara picked up Patrice Bernier's throw-in and crossed for Salazar. The forward chested the ball down beautifully and beat 'keeper Brad Knighton with a low shot for his second of the game.

Piatti completed Montreal's comeback from the penalty spot in the 54th minute, after being taken down by Knighton.
Full story from New England Soccer News

TORONTO FC 1, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 1
TORONTO--Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders FC scored within a minute of each other on their way to a 1-1 draw Saturday at BMO Field.

Jordan Hamilton stake the Reds (5-6-5, 20 pts) to an extremely short-lived 1-0 lead in the 60th minute, darting into the center of the box to snag the rebound after goalkeeper Stefan Frei came off his line to block Sebastian Giovinco's point-blank attempt.

Jordan Morris equalized for Seattle (5-9-2, 17) off the restart, splitting a pair of Toronto defenders to reach a booming pass from Joevin Jones at the upper left side of the box. Morris spun right to make space and curled a shot into the far inside netting.

Both goalkeepers came through with late saves to keep things even. Toronto's Alex Bono picked off a header from Nelson Valdez in the 90th minute, and Frei turned away a long left-footer by Raheem Edwards in stoppage time.

HOUSTON DYNAMO 1, PHILADELPHIA UNION 0
HOUSTON--Cristian Maidana burned his former teammates with a dazzling free kick in the 95th minute as the Houston Dynamo defeated the visiting Philadelphia Union 1-0 Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Maidana, a former Union midfielder, helped the Dynamo improve to 4-8-5 and 17 points and escape the Western Conference cellar by a tiebreaker over Seattle.

The Eastern Conference-leading Union fell to 7-6-5 and 26 points.

The Union entered the match undermanned on attack, missing forwards Sebastien Le Toux (concussion) and Fabian Herbers (hamstring). Not surprisingly, the Dynamo dominated, outshooting Philadelphia 18-7 overall and 8-2 in shots on goal.

Goalkeeper Andre Blake kept things scoreless until the late going however, and appeared to be headed for the shutout when he denied Boniek Garcia with a spectacular save in the 80th minute. One minute later, Union defender Fabinho kept the match scoreless by clearing a ball off the line.

However, the Dynamo picked up a man advantage when Philadelphia defender Josh Yaro picked up his second yellow card in the 87th minute for a reckless tackle against Mauro Manotas. In the last of five minutes of stoppage time, they finally capitalized.

Warren Creavalle’s yellow card foul on Garcia generated the free kick and Maidana drilled the shot over the wall and into the top corner of the goal.
Full story from Philly Soccer News


   
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