Sunday, July 3, 2016

It Happened in America: Impact come back to take down Revs, Dynamo win late over Union

Montreal Impact 3-2 New England Revolution
The first half was pretty wild in this one. New England looked like they were going to cruise to a comfortable victory thanks to Kei Kamara bagging a brace in the first 33 minutes. The match turned sour for them rather quickly for them, though. Michael Salazar got Montreal on the board in the 40th minute and had them level within four minutes of the second half kickoff. Bobby Shuttleworth contributed to the Revs' death by tripping Ignaccio Piatti in the box on his way to a lose ball in the 53rd minute. Piatti buried the following PK to give the Impact the permanent lead.

The comeback lifts Montreal into second place in the East, ahead of New York City on goal difference and only two points back of first place Philly. They should stay there, too. NYC get to play the Red Bulls again tomorrow, which never bodes well for them.

Toronto FC 1-1 Seattle Sounders
Toronto needed a big win after the news that Michael Bradley would miss significant time thanks to injury after he was already out of the squad for Copa America. They didn't exactly get anything promising. This game wasn't all that exciting save for a two minute spell in the second half. Jordan Hamilton scored for Toronto at the hour mark only to have his tally cancelled out by Jordan Morris a minute later.

Houston Dynamo 0-0 Philadelphia Union
The top team in the Eastern Conference headed down south to take on the last place side in the West.  Houston looked the better side for much of the match, but that could be selling the Union short. They had a couple a nice counterattacking opportunities throughout the second half. It looked like defense would win out in the end. However, Union rookie Joshua Yaro got himself sent off in the 87th minute for a second yellow, giving Houston a numbers advantage. Cristian Maidana found the winner at the death of the match to give the last place side the full points.

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