MONTREAL IMPACT EDGES AHEAD OF TORONTO

Montreal impact was finally able to win over their Canadian rivals, Toronto FC Tuesday night in the MLS Eastern Conference final after the match was delayed for about 30 minutes.


This was due to a discovery that the penalty areas fell two yards short of the normal regulation size. Thus, the lines had to be repainted before the match could be continued.

Joey Saputo, the owner of Montreal Impact had admitted to ESPN that it was such an embarrassment to have discovered the incorrectly marked pitch before the game.

“Obviously, it’s the first time that it’s happened to us. We’ve been in situations like this before where we have 61,000 fans. We had the [Concacaf] Champions League final here,” Saputo said.

“It’s the responsibility of the referees to check it out. Unfortunately the referees got here a little bit late, whether it was traffic or traffic around the stadium. So it’s unfortunate, but we have to take the responsibility for it. It’s our fault and it’s unfortunate that this has happened.”

The game which finished on a 3-2 win for Impact, could have been a better game, as the team had started out fine, after a solo run from Ambroise Oyongo had put them up to 3-0. They were unable to hold their line which saw Toronto claw back two late goals through strikes from Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.

Montreal striker Didier Drogba has confirmed after the match that it would be his last game with Impact,
“Everyone knows it was my last game here. Now let’s focus on the semi-final,” he had said.

The second leg of the MLS Football Eastern Conference finals would take place in Toronto, and the both teams are hoping to get to their first ever MLS Cup.

GERRARD TO END MLS CAREER

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard could end his MLS career if LA Galaxy loose out in the play-offs this weekend. The player’s glittering career may have finally winded down as he has failed to really pick-up in the MLS since his switch.

The Premier League legend left 18 months ago after his farewell game in the 6-1 embarrassment against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in May 2015. MLS fans have waited for the player to prove his worth but it seems it will never happen until he exits the league. Continue Reading

Oscar Pareja Not Ready to Get Complacent after US Open Cup Title

FC Dallas achieved something of major significance under the regime of Oscar Pareja after managing success at the U.S. Open Cup.


The team has not been successful in this competition since winning the title back in 1997. They have managed to finish as runners-up on two occasions in 2005 and 2007. It was third time lucky for the team after they managed to beat New England Revolution 4-2 in the final. Manager Oscar Pareja claimed that he is extremely happy to have achieved this significant victory, but he is now looking to add more titles to FC Dallas’ cabinet.

It has been a tough road to the final for FC Dallas, as they have had to beat the likes of Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy on the way to the final. However, it looked like there were more difficult obstacles along the way after New England Revolution took the lead in the sixth minute throughAgudelo. A team that has demonstrated such fight to reach the final was not going to give up so easily, and they were back level quite quickly throughUrruti. This goal proved to be the impetus for Dallas to take a stranglehold on the game. Goals from Hedges, Diaz, and Urruti helped them establish a 4-1 lead before Agudelo’s second goal in the 73rd minute provided a few scares.
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WRIGHT-PHILLIPS BREAKS RED BULLS

MLS football player Bradley Wright-Phillips provided two important goals that ensured New York Red Bulls moved past Montreal Impact 3-1 on Saturday night.


The victory ensured Red Bulls are two points behind neighbours New York City at the top of the Eastern conference of the Major League Soccer.
Montreal started the goal scoring in the 21st minute when Luciano Piatti got his 13th of the season. Red Bulls didn’t allow their opponents savour the moment when they equalized through Wright-Phillips barely a minute later. Just before the first half break, Wright-Philips added another in the 41st minute. Sean Davis provided two assist for Wright-Phillips but he scored his own in the 46th minute, sealing the fate of Impact. Davis was later given a hard tackle by Impact defender Ambroise Oyongo, earning him a red card.

After the game, Wright-Phillips score of his achievement. “It’s definitely a proud moment, you know, the name associated with that record before, I shouldn’t even be in that category. Somehow by the grace of God I’m in it and I’m going to see how many I can get and I just have to thank my team-mates and everyone that’s helped me to get this record. I can only be thankful,” the player said. Red Bulls coach Denis Hamlett spoke happily about the feat, adding that “Brad’s a great guy.”
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CHICAGO FIRE RECORD SURPRISING WIN IN MLS

Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire recorded a stunning victory over San Jose Earthquakes when both sides met on Friday night.


The match ended with a 1-0 win scored in the 58th minute by John Goossens. The victory becomes the third of the season. Chicago Fire still remains at the bottom of the League in the Eastern conference, with two points away from 9th place Columbus Crew.

Elsewhere in the league, DC United pick up a point late in the game against Real Salt Lake courtesy of a 90th minute equalizer from Jared Jeffrey. Juan Manuel Martinez had set Real Salt Lake ahead 12 minutes after the break. They were set to claim all three points until the late equalizer from the Washington-based team.

Montreal Impact will take up New England Revolution on Saturday while Toronto FC will trade tackles with Seattle Sounders. Houston Dynamo is also set to play hosts to Philadelphia Union. New York City FC will meet with New York Red Bulls as they try to win their first Hudson River derby on Sunday. Both teams have played four times now since New York City’s introduction to the league in the last campaign. The Red Bulls have won every of the encounter. The last one was one very humiliating defeat as they were humbled 7-0 at Yankee Stadium.
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