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Impact drop to 9th in the East Without Playing

On-form Nashville thump FC Dallas to leapfrog Montreal

MLS: FC Dallas at Nashville SC
Randall Leal shoots and scores for Nashville SC in the first-half of tonight’s MLS clash against FC Dallas. Nashville won 3-0.
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Montreal Impact fell to 9th place in the Eastern Conference after on-form Nashville SC blew FC Dallas away, winning 3-0 at Nissan Stadium in front of 3,502 spectators.

Dallas had threatened to get back into the game after producing a toothless first-half after which they trailed by one, but Nashville substitute, Jhonder Cadiz had other ideas. Eleven minutes after replacing Abu Dunladi his deflected shot wrong-footed Jimmy Maurer, between the posts for Dallas.

Daniel Rios, an even later sub put the icing on the cake with Nashville’s third on 88 mins twisting Reto Zeigler inside out in the box, before finishing with aplomb.

The pressure is now on the Impact to get something from each of their next two games at NYCFC and at home (Red Bull Arena) to Nashville, against whom it will be a first-ever meeting. The Tennesseans are now unbeaten in four.

Defeat must be avoided in the NYCFC game this weekend with both Chicago and Atlanta, each below Impact on the standings, having winnable home matches against the Red Bulls and DC United respectively.

Nashville now sits above the Impact by a point. They also have one game less played and a better goal difference by 8. Nashville are next in action at home to New England, Friday night.