MLS: Montreal Impact into playoffs with win at New England Revolution

MLS: Montreal Impact into playoffs with win at New England Revolution

Dallas takes top spot in West with win at RSL, Montreal seals playoff berth.

SANDY, Utah — Dallas’ David Texeira scored the sole goal to give the Texan club a 1-0 win at Real Salt Lake on Saturday to clinch the MLS Western Conference title and a bye through to the conference semifinals.

On a good day for away teams, Montreal won at New England to clinch a playoff berth, and Columbus took all three points at Toronto to move above the Canadian team and into second place in the East.

Real Salt Lake — already eliminated from playoff contention — controlled the first half but the game swung in favour of the visitors in the second period.

Mauro Diaz threaded a long pass to Texeira racing into the 18-yard box and he fired a shot into the top left corner of the goal in 57th minute — just as rain soaked Rio Tinto Stadium.

A frustrated Real Salt Lake, which had made the playoffs each of the previous seven seasons, was booked for five yellow cards, four in the second half.

Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti scored a superb individual goal in the 55th minute to give the Impact a 1-0 victory at New England.

Piatti’s goal was an entirely individual effort from winning the ball at midfield and weaving through a series of defenders to shielding New England’s Scott Caldwell with an arm bar and finishing into the top right corner from outside the 18-yard box.

The Impact moved ahead of the Revolution into a fourth-place tie with D.C. United in the Eastern Conference.

The Revolution is winless in four games and squandered an opportunity to clinch a playoff place in front of an expectant record f a regular-season crowd of 42,947 at Gillette Stadium.

However, New England still seems certain to make the playoffs. With one regular-season game left, the Revolution leads its only challenger for the final playoff position, Orlando City, by three points and has an eight-goal advantage in goal difference.

Columbus’ Ethan Finlay and Federico Higuain scored to help the Crew win 2-0 at Columbus.

Finlay opened the scoring in the 40th minute and Higuain connected in second-half stoppage time.

Toronto, which had won its previous four games, had already sealed a playoff berth.

The Associated Press

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