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

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Philadelphia Union were fewer than five minutes from closing out a 1-0 home victory over the Montreal Impact and making the top of the Eastern Conference standings a gridlocked disaster. A victory would have moved the Union to within a single point of East-leading New York City FC and level on points with the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC. Tranquillo Barnetta put the Union ahead with a long-range effort in the 45th minute, and Jim Curtin’s side held on for the vast majority of the second half, until Matteo Mancosu popped up at the back post and headed home Hernan Bernardello’s cross in the 88th minute, snatching a point for the visitors. The draw sees the Impact’s run of form hit just one win in their last six games, but is enough to move them six points clear of seventh-place D.C. United in the race for the playoffs.

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Three moments that mattered 

45′ — Barnetta strikes low, pinpoint from distance — Barnetta is easily one of the more underrated signings of the last two seasons. Not many guys in MLS hit it so sweetly and so precisely as this.

62′ — Blake comes up big to deny Mancosu — Ignacio Piatti finally worked out the code to the Union midfield and defense with a perfect through ball to spring Matteo Mancosu in on goal. Unfortunately for Mancosu, Andre Blake played it perfectly.

88′ — Mancosu heads home at the back post for 1-1 — It only takes a second. It only takes once chance. One look. One opening. The game is tied at ones.

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Man of the match: Matteo Mancosu

Goalscorers: Barnetta (45′), Mancosu (88′)