September 7, 2016
Rivas leads Lions; Plata powers RSL comeback
ORLANDO CITY SC 4, MONTREAL IMPACT 1
MONTREAL--Kaka scored twice and Carlos Rivas had a goal and two assists as Orlando City SC steamrolled the Montreal Impact 4-1 Wednesday at Stade Saputo.
The Lions (7-7-13, 34 pts) got off to a shaky start, conceding a goal when Didier Drogba sent a 20-yard free kick off goalkeeper Joe Bendik's hands and into the right inside netting in the second minute. Brek Shea equalized with an unguarded seven-yarder barely a minute later, however, and Kaka netted the game-winner in the 36th. That play started when Matias Perez Garcia stripped the ball from Laurent Ciman outside the Montreal penalty area and centered it for Rivas, who relayed it through for Kaka.
The Brazilian made the score 3-1 from the penalty spot in the 54th minute, after Impact netminder Even Bush was ejected for taking down Rivas in the box. Rivas, who assisted on the first two Orlando City goals, closed things out in the 77th, breaking into the box for a pass from Julio Baptista and left-footing the ball past backup 'keeper Eric Kronberg.
Shaking off his early miscue, Bendik took care of the rest for the Lions, making seven saves to blunt the 17-shot Montreal attack.
The Impact fall to 9-8-10 (37).
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REAL SALT LAKE 3, LA GALAXY 3
SANDY, Utah--Joao Plata had two goals and an assist to help Real Salt Lake rally to a 3-3 draw with the LA Galaxy Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The two teams share second place in the MLS West, RSL at 12-8-8 and the Galaxy at 10-4-14, both with 44 points.
Giovani dos Santos' second-half brace left the Galaxy with a 3-1 lead and 26 minutes to play. Plata scored his second of the match in the 67th minute, off a quick kickback pass from Yura Movsisyan, to make it a one-goal game, and set the table as Juan Manuel Martinez leveled the score with a counterattacking strike in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Emmanuel Boateng staked the Galaxy to a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, outrunning Jamison Olave into the box and beating 'keeper Nick Rimando one-on-one.
Plata equalized from the penalty spot in the 53rd, after being taken down by Galaxy netminder Brian Rowe.
The Galaxy regained control quickly, with Dos Santos scoring in the 57th and 64th minutes. First, the Mexican star finished off Baggio Husidic's corner kick, then he snagged the rebound after Jeff Larentowicz hit the post.