The Montreal Impact has proved to the rest of the league and itself that miracles can happen in the MLS playoffs knockout round. Winning 4-2 at RFK Stadium was a feat for a team that has had its share of drama, only a few weeks from the playoffs.
4 goals scored by the away team is not a coincidence though both goals by DC United, courtesy of Neagle and Kemp, could have hurt Montreal in a home-and-away series.
The Impact goals were scored by Laurent Ciman, Matteo Mancosu (2) and Ignacio Piatti.
3 Lessons learned
- Team pressing wins you games. Early on, Biello made sure his team pressed DC United as much and as fast it could. The early Ciman goal, off a corner kick, was the blessing in the sky the team needed. It forced DC to open while Montreal played it safe but stayed aggressive.
- Veterans win you games. Donadel and Bernier were excellent in the midfield as you can basically name every player on that starting eleven for having an excellent game. But the experienxe thay came from the "vets" really showed. You can also include Ciman, Camara, Mancosu and Oduro.
- Gamers win you...... games. Ignacio Piatti is arguably the best player that has ever played in MLS to have been so far from being seriously nominated and crowned as MLS MVP. He will be happy with a MLS Cup though.