Piatti scores two goals in a fourth consecutive win for the Impact
Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
The Impact player Ignacio Piatti
Ignacio Piatti has still experienced a dramatic match adding two goals to his total, and he helped the Montreal Impact to climb to the top of the red line in the standings in the eastern conference thanks to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Anthony Jackson-Hamel has also made fun of the 19 541 spectators by touching the target for the Impact (10-8-6), which doubled the Atlanta United to sixth place in the East. Atlanta still has two games in hand on montreal.
Piatti, who has expressed his dissatisfaction with the negotiations of a contract extension after the victory of 3-0 on Wednesday in the face of the Fire of Chicago, for a total of 14 goals in 19 games this season.
Argentinian-born 32-year-old has also scored six goals in the last four meetings, helping the team win four games in a row during the same regular season for the first time since march 2013. In addition, the Impact has scored three goals in three games in a row for the first time since his arrival in MLS in 2012.
Luis Silva provided the replica of the Real Salt Lake (8-13-5), who had a record of 3-0-3 in its last six outings.
The Impact will be back in action next Sunday, when it hosts Toronto FC.
Nacho, still and always
Sign of things to come, Piatti was the first to knock on the door as early as the fourth minute of the game. His strike, however, was blocked by defensive.
Jackson-Hamel later escaped alone in front of goalkeeper Nick Rimando in the eighth minute, but it was poorly adjusted to its final push of the ball and has never been able to shoot.
Piatti has finally opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Jackson-Hamel has attracted the defense of the Real Salt Lake towards the center of the field, before joining Blerim Dzemaili in the area. In a situation of two-against-one, Dzemaili has managed a perfect pass to Piatti, who has not the habit of missing such an opportunity.
The small errors of the local defense have allowed Real Salt Lake to threaten in their turn, and they have finally replicated the 26th minute. Silva has completed a rapid exchange with Albert Rusnak and surprised the goalkeeper Evan Bush with a powerful strike.
This goal put an end to a sequence of 284 minutes of the Bush, without the granting of goal, the sixth-longest this season in MLS.
Piatti has been recalled to Real Salt Lake that it was him who was in charge of the show and he gave back the lead to the Blue-white-black as early as the 29th minute. Posted in the heart of the penalty area visitors, Jackson-Hamel has given the ball away on Piatti. The Argentine was then calmly overwhelmed defender Tony Beltran before surprise Rimando with a shot against the current.
Bush then allowed the Impact of retreat to the locker room with the advance, making a good save in the 43rd minute on a deflection at close range with Silva after another exchange with Rusnak.
Jackson-Hamel has re-launched the ball at the back of the break, moving the ropes in the 47th minute. Louis Béland-Goyette has placed the ball in the space behind the defence of the RSL and Jackson-Hamel has perfectly timed his run to retrieve it and beat Rimando.
The two teams exchanged a shot on the post in the 54th minute to Dzemaili, and the 60th for Silva. Dzemaili and Jackson-Hamel has also missed golden opportunities for the Impact, imprecise in the last gesture. For its part, Piatti has believed for a few moments to have completed his hat trick in the 56th minute, but the goal was refused because it was out of the game.
Already counting on an eleven-starting with five different players as at the meeting Wednesday, the head coach Mauro Biello has continued to offer minutes of the game to those who have less had since the beginning of the campaign.
Andrés Romero has even been sent into the fray for the last quarter of an hour. The return-to-play the Argentine in June had been cut short by an injury in a thigh.