The game in 100 words (or less): Who wants to win the Eastern Conference? *crickets* Does anyone want to win the East? Between Toronto FC, New York City FC, the Philadelphia Union and now the Montreal Impact, who blew an early lead away to Orlando City SC on Saturday, it would appear everyone in the East is terrified of playing at home in the playoffs. Cyle Larin bagged both goals for the Lions, the winner coming in dramatic fashion inside the final five minutes. The reigning Rookie of the Year has now scored six goals in 10 games to begin his sophomore campaign (what slump?). On the other side, Ignacio Piatti bagged his seventh goal of the season (to go with a pair of assists), making him an early-season favorite for 2016 MVP. With the victory, Orlando (14 points) have passed the New England Revolution and D.C. United (13 apiece) for the sixth and final playoff place in the East. The Impact (16 points), meanwhile, tumble to fifth, falling behind Toronto FC on goal differential.
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Three moments that mattered
4′ — Piatti cuts inside and makes it 1-0 — Piatti might have had a literal acre of space out on the left flank. Fortunately, Lucas Ontivero got him the ball and let his fellow Argentine do what he does best.
43′ — Larin heads home from Kaka’s free kick — As far as no. 10-to-striker connections go, Kaka and Cyle Larin ranks up the with the very best of them.
87′ — Larin hammers home a ball from Kaka — What I said about Kaka-to-Larin above, again. Forever.
Man of the match:
Goalscorers: Piatti (4′), Larin (43′, 78′)