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Montreal Impact Clinch Playoff Berth after 1-0 win over New England Revolution

The Impact clinch its second playoff berth in four years and can focus on going up the standings.

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It was not done in front of a sellout crowd at Stade Saputo with a Drogba goal and a Piatti brace but both designated players had a huge impact on a playoff clinching win over the New England Revolution.

It was a hard fought game as the Impact stayed composed defensively against an offensively potent New England squad. After surviving a difficult first half,  Montreal took more changes offensively and was rewarded with a Piatti slalom through the Revs defense. He beats the goalkeeper with a gorgeous shot to score the lone goal.

It has not been easy for the Bleu-Blanc-Noir getting results during away games. But since the arrival of Drogba and Mauro Biello taking over as head coach,  the mood around the squad has changed.

If Biello injected hope and stability in the locker room,  Drogba brought leadership,  charisma,  skills and 9 goals in 10 games.

After taking out the pressure of fighting for its playoff lives during the last game of the season,  Montreal can aim higher in a final of sorts against arch rivals Toronto FC.

Next Saturday, at Stade Saputo,  TFC comes to the 514 where both teams will fight for a chance to secure 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference and a home game during the MLS playoffs knockout round.