Montreal Impact 1, DC United 1
After an early Montreal Impact goal, D.C. United midfielder Yamil Asad converted late Saturday to scrape together a point in a 1-1 draw at Stade Saputo.
The Impact drew blood first five minutes after the whistle. Montreal captain Ignacio Piatti took the ball into United’s penalty box. His shot was deflected by defender Kofi Opare, which put the ball in the perfect spot for Impact forward Matteo Mancosu to finish.
United reacted to the early goal with dominating possession to end the first half. United took several shots, but could not evade the posts. In the 38th minute, United captain Wayne Rooney looked to even the score with a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. Rooney’s shot curled toward the goal, but did not curl enough and hit off the right post.
United finally got its equalizer in the 70th minute when Luciano Acosta skillfully set up Asad for his ninth goal of the season. In a game where last-place United desperately needed three points, the Black-and-Red head home bloodied, bruised and no closer to catching Montreal in the standings.
5’ — MTL — Matteo Mancosu
70’ — DC — Yamil Asad
Real Salt Lake 2, Chicago Fire 1
Real Salt Lake snapped a three-game winless run in league play and kept pace in the Western Conference playoff race after riding Damir Kreilach’s brace to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday.
In danger of falling below the playoff line as soon as next week, RSL put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack. Meanwhile, Fire coach Veljko Paunovic opted for a heavily-rotated lineup in this match despite a growing losing streak in the league, due to an upcoming U.S. Open Cup semifinal match next week.
Stefan Cleveland, in his first MLS appearance, made a vital stop in the Chicago goal on Joao Plata’s sharp half-volley in the 22nd minute. But RSL found the breakthrough just before halftime, as Kreilach headed in Jefferson Savarino’s cross to put the home side ahead.
Following the halftime break, the Fire climbed right back into the match through Bastian Schweinsteiger, who unleashed a rocket from a distance to tie up the game.
RSL thought they grabbed a go-ahead goal on a quick counterattack shortly before the hour mark, but Jefferson Savarino’s sliding shot off a rebounded save was called off because the Venezuelan was offside on the initial shot. But Kreilach grabbed his second goal of the night in the 75th minute, poking in Plata’s low cross right from point-blank range.
45+3′ – RSL – Damir Kreilach
48′ – CHI – Bastian Schweinsteiger
75′ – RSL – Damir Kreilach