MLS Snapshots: Impact 2-0 Crew SC; NE Revs 1-1 Toronto FC (videos)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Columbus Crew SC’s slow start to the 2016 season (two points, zero wins from their first five games) continued on Saturday, as the Black and Gold fell in a narrow defeat away to the Eastern Conference-topping (level with Philadelphia Union) Montreal Impact at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Hassoun Camara and Kyle Bekker scored the game’s only goals, giving L’Impact nine points from five games, bested only by FC Dallas, the only MLS side in double digits at the time of final whistle in this one. Between Ignacio Piatti, Harry Shipp, Lucas Ontivero and Dominic Oduro, the Impact have shown to have more than enough quality to navigate their early-season schedule without Didier Drogba, who has played just 20 minutes due to artificial playing surfaces. Beginning next weekend, though, Montreal’s next six games will all be played on real grass.

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Three moments that mattered

21′ — Ontivero curls one, smashes the post — Ontivero’s fingerprints were all over this game, as the 21-year-old Argentine so nearly opened his MLS account in the 21st minute. After a poor midfield turnover by Crew SC, Ontivero cut inside on his favored left foot, beating Steve Clark with a curler to the far post, but coming up with only woodwork.

48′ — Camara heads home for 1-0 — Ontivero whipped in the corner kick, and Camara was waiting in the goalmouth to head home with Harrison Afful no match for the big bruiser.

86′ — Bekker heads home for 2-0, seals all three points — Ambroise Oyongo broke down the left side of the Crew SC penalty area and floated a delicate cross to the back post, where Kyle Bekker was waiting to apply the headed finish back across goal and inside the (other) far post.

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Man of the match: Lucas Ontivero

Goalscorers: Camara (48′), Bekker (86′)


The game in 100 words (or less): Toronto FC are through five of eight games away from the friendly confines of BMO Field to begin the 2016 season (stadium construction), and have a point per game to show for their continued travels following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday. After going a goal down to the Revolution inside the game’s first quarter-hour, Sebastian Giovinco — you expected someone else? — equalized with his third goal just five games into his second MLS season (to go with two assists). With injuries forcing Greg Vanney’s hand, TFC resorted to something of a 4-4-2 with Giovinco playing just off the shoulder of Jozy Altidore, who made his first start of the season (hamstring). It was far from a seamless transition back to last year’s sterling form, but the duo made the difference in the game’s decisive moment anyway.

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Three moments that mattered

14′ — Rowe heads home from a gorgeous diagonal for 1-0 — There are speculative balls into the box from which you’re just hoping to cause chaos, and there are balls into the box full of intent with a specific target in mind. Gershon Koffie’s long diagonal was meant to find the head of Rowe at the back post. The finish was better than expected, though.

58′ — Bunbury taken down in the box, no whistle — Teal Bunbury went down under questionable contact from Drew Moor. You make the call, because I’m in no way sure one way or the other.

58′ — Giovinco equalizes on the counter — Every Revs player, to a man, thought they should have been awarded a penalty at one end of the field. Meanwhile, Giovinco and Altidore were busy running to the other end and pulling TFC level, as the latter set up the former to snatch another precious away point.

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Man of the match: Kelyn Rowe

Goalscorers: Rowe (14′), Giovinco (58′)