MLS Snapshots: Crew SC 4-4 Impact; Toronto FC 1-0 FC Dallas

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The game in 100 words (or less): After two months of sputtering out of the starting blocks, Columbus Crew SC are without a doubt back to their old selves following a 4-4 draw with the Montreal Impact at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday. Not only were the Black and Gold a counter-attacking terror through last year’s scorer of 22 goals, Kei Kamara (two goals), but they were an all-too-familiar disaster defensively, shipping a 4-1 lead in favor of the all-fours final scoreline. After the game, Kamara went nuclear on his team and his teammates (and continued and continued) after he was denied the opportunity to complete his first career hat trick from the penalty spot. As for Montreal, the Didier Drogba-Ignacio Piatti partnership is simply delightful and a big reason why L’Impact remain and will continue to reside at or near the top of the Eastern Conference all season long.

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Three Four Five moments that mattered

16′ — Kamara finishes the alley-oop with ease — At his very best (and with proper service), there’s perhaps no force in MLS more unstoppable than Kamara.

26′ — Piatti curls a beauty far post — Oh. Oh, my.

45+1′ — Kamara powers through Cabrera for 2-1 — See the above comment about Kamara’s physical advantage, again. It’s not just leaping ability, it’s also power and it’s speed as well.

58′ — Piatti dances through the box, cuts it to 4-3 — Piatti is basically a video game at this point. So effortless, and so smooth.

90+3′ — Oduro bags the late equalizer against (one of) his former team(s) — Good for you, Dom Oduro, celebrating a late equalizer like you just don’t care. To be fair, more than a third of the league’s teams are his former teams, so…

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Man of the match: Ignacio Piatti

Goalscorers: Kamara (16′, 45+1′), Piatti (26′, 58′), Higuain (48′, 52′ – PK), Drogba (57′ – PK), Oduro (90+3′)


The game in 100 words (or less): Toronto FC survived their eight-game road trip to start the 2016 season, passing the test with flying colors (11 points from eight games). On Saturday night, the Reds christened the new BMO Field with a home-opening victory over one of the favorites to take the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup this season, FC Dallas. Tsubasa Endoh scored the game’s only goal (assist courtesy of Sebastian Giovinco, but you probably already knew that). As for FCD, that’s three straight losses for Oscar Pareja’s side, dropping the former Western Conference leaders off the top spot. The victory sees TFC move to within a point of Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact (who have played a game more, and played at home before this weekend). The East’s road to MLS Cup runs through Canada, no doubt about it.

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Three moments that mattered

26′ — Giovinco smashes the crossbar from 30 yards — Giovinco had no business having a go from 30 yards out at such an angle, but then again Giovinco should always have a go no matter where he’s at on the field.

28′ — Endoh takes it down, slots past Gonzalez for 1-0 — Endoh did it all on the game’s opening goal, collecting a brilliant ball over the top from Giovinco and picking his spot inside the far post oh so well.

66′ — Irwin saves Castillo’s one-on-one effort — You’d expect a player of Fabian Castillo’s caliber to put a chance like this away, but Clint Irwin has quietly been on of the best goalkeepers in MLS this season.

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Man of the match: Michael Bradley

Goalscorers: Endoh (28′)