MLS Snapshot: DC United 1-1 Montreal Impact (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Montreal Impact found themselves a goal down and struggling for scoring chances against D.C. United through Didier Drogba‘s 81 minutes on the field Sunday, only to nab an unlikely equalizer five minutes after the big Ivorian was sent to an early shower for what will surely go down as the dumbest red card of the year. Patrick Mullins marked his United debut with a goal 20 minutes in, but Hernan Bernardello, making his Impact re-debut, bagged that equalizer with the Black and Red oh so close to all three points. With the result, United remain eighth in the Eastern Conference, three points back of  the sixth and final playoff place (as of this posting), while the Impact miss out on their chance to go second in the East, instead holding steady in fourth (as of this posting).

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Three moments that mattered 

20′ — Mullins heads home for 1-0 on his debut — Only traded to United this week, Mullins made an instant impact by rising above his marker and heading home 20 minutes into his debut.

31′ — Piatti hits the post with the net wide open — Ignacio Piatti might just be the MVP of the league this year, but he won’t unseat Sebastian Giovinco if he can’t finish empty-net chances like this one.

81′ — Drogba puts a knee into Marcelo’s back, sees red — It doesn’t get much more petulant than this from Drogba. And with the referee right there. Like, right there.

86′ — Bernardello sends a laser past Hamid for 1-1 — Bill Hamid doesn’t get beaten at his near post often, if ever. That, in itself, is an indication of just how well Bernardello hit this ball.

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Man of the match: Luciano Acosta

Goalscorers: Mullins (20′), Bernardello (86′)