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Crew 1, Impact 2

(Zardes 45′) – (Lappalainen 24′, Krkic 73′)

The Montreal Impact’s wait for a victory ended on Wednesday night with a strong performance on the road in Columbus.

Lassi Lappalainen and Bojan Krkic both scored to snap a five-match winless run for Thierry Henry’s squad. Gyasi Zardes scored prior to half time for the Crew, but it wasn’t enough in a 2-1 defeat.

Lappalainen broke through in the 24th minute for the Impact, sending a right-footed shot into the top-left corner. It was the second straight goalscoring performance for the Finnish international.

Zardes tied things up in the 44th minute with a header past Clement Diop, giving the Crew some life going into the break.

VAR played a role in the second half, giving the Impact a penalty kick in the 73rd minute. Hector Jimenez brought Bojan Krkic down in the box and the Spaniard stepped up to score the eventual winning goal.

Despite outshooting Montreal 19-to-8, the Crew suffered its second defeat in the past three matches. Columbus will try to rebound at Orlando City on Oct. 11th while Montreal visits the Philadelphia Union on the same night.

Man of the Match

Bojan Krkic: Krkic was influential in the Impact attack, winning the penalty kick and scoring the winning goal. He won two duels and also completed over 80% of his passes in a huge victory for the club.

Moment of the Match

Krkic’s PK goal: With the Crew aiming to stay in first place, Krkic scored the dagger blow for the Impact in a win which could spark Montreal going forward into the weekend.

Match to Forget

Luis Diaz: Diaz got the start on the right wing for the Crew, but was ineffective in his 78 minute shift. He failed to record a shot on goal, while only completing 70% of his passes. With Lucas Zelarayan out, the Crew may need to consider a change in attack.


Union 3, FC Cincinnati 0

(Ilsinho 59′, Bedoya 73′, Elliott 80′)

The Philadelphia Union looked out of sync in the first half vs. FC Cincinnati, but eventually rolled to three points at Subaru Park.

Three Union players scored in the second half of a 3-0 victory over FC Cincinnati on Wednesday night. Ilsinho and Jack Elliott both scored as substitutes in the Union’s first win over FC Cincy this season.

After a sluggish first half for the hosts, they got their breakthrough through Ilsinho’s cleverness in the box. The Brazilian created room for a shot, which deflected in off Mikael van der Werff.

Alejandro Bedoya added to the Union’s lead in the 73rd minute after connecting with Brenden Aaronson. Aaronson laid a pass off to Bedoya, who ┬áhit a sweet strike off the bounce to make it 2-0.

Jack Elliott, who replaced Jakob Glesnes at half-time, headed in the Union’s final goal of the match. Elliott rose highest on a free kick and headed in Jamiro Monteiro’s cross for the final action of the night.

The Union will look to jump in first place with a win on Sunday over Montreal while FC Cincinnati sits in 13th.

Man of the Match

Brenden Aaronson: Aaronson did extremely well in a new formation and helped set up one of the team’s goals. The 19-year-old won nine of his 15 duels in midfield, assisted on Bedoya’s strike, and overall put in another fine shift for the Union.

Moment of the Match

Bedoya’s goal: After already falling down by one, FC Cincinnati’s sails were swept away by Bedoya’s half volley.

Match to Forget

Yuya Kubo: Kubo’s struggles in MLS continued with another 90-minute goalless performance. He failed to register a shot on goal and lost 11 of his 15 individual battles.


Revolution 0, Toronto FC 1

(Akinola 29′)

A controversial goal and some tough defending was enough to help TFC halt the New England Revolution for a win that helped the Canadian club move into first place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Ayo Akinola’s 29th minute finish came after a collision with Revolution defender Andrew Farrell, but the referee determined there was no foul on Akinola, who beat Matt Turner with a low finish.

The Revolution looked like they would find an equalizer in the 67th minute when Lee Nguyen drew a penalty foul by Marky Delgado, but Adam Buksa sent his left-footed penalty over the crossbar.

Alex Bono made six saves for the shutout, as the win helped TFC leapfrog the Columbus Crew into first place in the East with its fourth straight win and fifth in six overall.

Toronto FC travels to Ohio to face FC Cincinnati on Sunday, while the Revolution will look to rebound on the road at NYCFC on Sunday.

Man of the Match

Alex Bono made six saves, and was in goal for a key penalty kick miss by New England to preserve the shutout win.

Moment of the Match

Akinola’s goal, and the controversial decision not to call a foul on the young striker turned the tide in the match.

Match to Forget

Adam Buksa missed a few chances on the night, but none bigger than the penalty kick he sent over the frame.

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