MLS Snapshot: Montreal Impact 1-1 Philadelphia Union (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union played to an entertaining, wide-open (for 45 minutes before driving rain marred the second half’s quality) 1-1 draw in a battle of two very good teams — the Eastern Conference’s two best sides, according to the league standings coming into the weekend — to remain first and second in the East for the time being (third-place Toronto FC play later on Saturday). Didier Drogba and C.J. Sapong traded first-half goals for the game’s only tallies, though a pair of Herculean goalkeeping performances from Evan Bush and, most notably, the Union’s Andre Blake resigned the two sides to just a point apiece at Stade Saputo. Saturday’s draw makes the Union four games unbeaten (two wins). Likewise, the Impact are four games unbeaten but have won just four points during that period.

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Three moments that mattered

3′ — Drogba opens the scoring with a(nother) beauty — MLS is going to have to make Drogba play with one of his shoes untied, or something equally silly, just to make it fair for everyone else. (WATCH HERE)

24′ — Sapong finishes off a beautiful team goal for 1-1 — It doesn’t get much silkier, or straightforward, than this. Tranquillo Barnetta -> Chris Pontius -> Sebastien Le Toux -> Sapong.

40′ — Blake goes airborne to deny Drogba a second — Blake made five saves on the afternoon, all of them equally important, but his 40th-minute denial of Drogba was undoubtedly the pick of the litter.

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Man of the match: Andre Blake

Goalscorers: Drogba (3′), Sapong (24′)