Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Midweek MLS Madness: Drogba scores again, ten man Dynamo gut out a win at home

Montreal Impact 2-1 Chicago Fire
Didier Drogba likes playing in MLS, it seems. He scored the opener for Montreal in the 39th minute. It was the Ivorian's fifth goal in four starts since joining the Impact in the summer. His goal would not hold up for long after halftime, however. David Accam equalized for the Fire in the 50th minute after some mass chaos in the penalty area. Montreal did manage to get their winner in the 76th minute. Andres Romero latched onto a perfect through pass from Patrice Bernier and beat a near helpless Jon Busch in goal.

Montreal further strengthens their hold on sixth place in the East with the win over decidedly last place Chicago. I also think you cannot count this team out from making a run in the playoffs. Since the arrival of Drogba, the Impact have played with a renewed energy. Their supporters are clearly pumped as well. Before Drogba arrived, Stade Saputo was just another MLS venue. Now, it borders on being a fortress. I normally condemn MLS for being a retirement home for the European legends of old, but in this case it has clearly brought life to a formerly drab soccer market in North America.

Houston Dynamo 1-0 Sporting Kansas City
Sort of a chippy game on the Texas coast led to Houston getting a prayer of eking out a playoff position. Six yellow cards were shown between the two sides, including a second yellow and sending off for Houston's Oscar Garcia. Thankfully, they already had the one goal they needed for victory. It was provided by Will Bruin tapping in a well placed low cross from DaMarcus Beasley in the 67th minute. Even while up a man, SKC never looked like they wanted to scratch out a point or more on the road. They never threatened the Dynamo goal and even continued the unnecessary physical play.

While Houston now as a little more of a prayer at the playoffs, they are three points back of Portland with five to play, Sporting Kansas City sticks in fifth, four points above the red line.

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