Mon­treal elim­i­nates United from play­offs

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Mat­teo Man­cosu scored twice and the Mon­treal Im­pact beat D.C. United 4-2 in an MLS Cup Play­offs knock­out match Thurs­day night.

The fifth-seeded Im­pact will host the top-seeded New York Red Bulls on Sun­day in the first game of the two-leg East­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals.

Lau­rent Ci­man scored early, and Ig­na­cio Pi­atti made it 4-0 for the Im­pact in the 83rd minute.

La­mar Nea­gle and Tay­lor Kemp scored for fourth­seeded United, both af­ter the 89th minute.

United en­tered the play­offs in their best form of the sea­son, win­ning four of their last five matches. Their mid­sea­son turn­around was sparked in part by an im­proved front­line from the ac­qui­si­tions of Lloyd Sam and Pa­trick Mullins.

Mon­treal, mean­while, is still ad­just­ing to the ab­sence of for­mer Chelsea star Di­dier Drogba. His sta­tus and fu­ture with the Im­pact has been a mys­tery ever since he asked to be re­moved from the game-day ros­ter two weeks ago af­ter he was told he wasn’t start­ing.

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