Thursday, August 6, 2015

Midweek MLS Madness: Impact level with Red Bulls, Toronto owns Orlando

Montreal Impact 1-1 New York Red Bulls
This one was a tale of two halves. The first half saw the home Impact control the flow of the match and get more than their fair share of chances. Dominic Oduro earned their just rewards with a banger of a goal in the 42nd minute. After the break, things turned around and the Red Bulls got involved. The equalizer came from Lloyd Sam in the 52nd minute. It was an impressive effort by the 30 year old from Leeds, as he was pretty much being tackled by Donny Tola in what could have been a penalty had the ball not gone in.

Both side will feel like they could have scored more. Whether it was Montreal's first half chances or New York's in the second, 1-1 feels like a low score for the amount of action here. The point for New York brings some comfort to DC United, who are eight points ahead of them atop the East. The Red Bulls do have three games in hand, however. Monteal, meanwhile, increases their hold on the sixth and final playoff spot in the East.

Toronto FC 4-1 Orlando City
The other match in the Great White North went all to the home team. Sebastian Giovinco did a lot to convince us that he is the MVP of the league and probably should still be plying his trade in Italy. Frst off, he drew and scored on a penalty in the 12th minute, Orlando would equalize five minute later on a well placed shot by Luke Boden, that would hardly be enough for the Kaka-less Lions to compete. Giovinco struck again, this time on a perfect free kick, in the 56th minute to make it 2-1. Collen Warner headed home a corner in the 81st to seal the three points. Giovinco finished off his hat trick with barely more than two minutes remaining with a low shot that tucked inside the near post.

Toronto's big win puts them in third, two points back of the Red Bulls. Orlando, on the other hand, fails to leap frog Montreal into an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

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