Montreal Impact 2, Toronto FC 2 | 2016 MLS Match Recap
The Montreal Impact are postseason-bound, but not solely by their own doing.
An 86th-minute goal from Tosaint Ricketts forced the Impact to settle for a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC on Sunday afternoon. The result at Stade Saputo was enough to clinch a playoff berth for Montreal only because the New England Revolution suffered a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire on Sunday.
Ignacio Piatti led the Impact against Toronto, bagging a brace that included a splendid 19th-minute opener. Jozy Altidore canceled that impressive goal out in the 51st minute with a close-range finish, but Piatti would push Montreal ahead again four minutes later with a well-taken penalty kick.
Toronto FC got the last laugh, however, as Ricketts slotted home a chested pass from Altidore.
- 19' – MTL – Ignacio Piatti (Marco Donadel)
- 51' – TOR – Jozy Altidore (Justin Morrow)
- 55' – MTL – Ignacio Piatti (Penalty Kick)
- 86' – TOR – Tosaint Ricketts (Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco)
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- DROGBA DILEMMA: Rumors swirled before and during the game about Didier Drogba not being in the match-day roster for the Montreal Impact because of a falling out with head coach Mauro Biello. The rumors were confirmed by Biello after the 2-2 draw, but the incident did not seem to bother the Impact too much as they were the better team for much of the Sunday showdown.
#IMFC coach Mauro Biello confirms reports that Didier Drogba asked out of 18 against Toronto after being told he wouldn't start.— Doug McIntyre (@DougMacESPN) October 16, 2016
- GUESS WHO'S BACK: Sebastian Giovinco made his first appearance for Toronto FC since suffering an adductor injury in late August, and he picked up largely where he left off. Giovinco was not at his very best against Montreal, but was still Toronto's biggest attacking threat. The Italian was denied a free-kick goal by the crossbar in the first half and had a couple other shots saved well by Evan Bush, but Giovinco helped his club secure the result with a secondary assist on Tosaint Ricketts' equalizer.
- STEPPING UP: Ignacio Piatti had himself quite a game vs. Toronto, bagging a brace that included an impressive opener and well-placed penalty kick. Piatti provided more than just the two goals, however, as he served as Montreal's catalyst by repeatedly putting pressure on Toronto FC's defense with his dribbling runs and stinging shots from the left flank.