Didier Drogba one Colorado nil: Montreal Impact inch closer to MLS playoff berth

Didier Drogba one Colorado nil: Montreal Impact inch closer to MLS playoff berth

Main pic: Montreal Impact’s Nigel Reo-Coker, front, heads the ball in front of Colorado Rapids’ Dillon Powers during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski).

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba scored on a free kick and Evan Bush made a late diving save as the Montreal Impact beat the Colorado Rapids 1−0 on Saturday to close in on a playoff spot in Major League Soccer.

Drogba bent it around the wall and inside the right post for his team−leading ninth goal in nine appearances this season. It came immediately after the Impact’s Andres Romero left the game on a stretcher because of an apparent right knee injury.

The Impact increased their lead to four points over seventh−place Orlando City for the final Eastern Conference playoff position. Both teams have two games left.

Lucas Pittinari put a low hard shot on the frame for Colorado in second−half stoppage time, but Bush saved it with a well−timed dive to his right.

With Montreal’s victory, New York City FC was eliminated from post−season contention.

The Associated Press

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