Drogba likely to miss Impact MLS playoff match at D.C. United

But with D.C.in excellent form and having home field advantage, and Montreal in the middle of a controversy involving star forward Didier Drogba and seldom being very convincing this season, not many could have seriously envisioned them dominating the game in the way that they did.

There was a vintage Italian feel to the Montreal Impact's stunning 4-2 win over D.C. United on Thursday in the opening round of the MLS playoffs. "Now it's 2-0 and now you're chasing the game, against one of the better counterattacking teams of the last couple of years". A 2-4-2 skid since the end of August didn't inspire confidence either.

Eastern Conference winners, New York Red Bulls eased past Philadelphia on the final day of the regular season to earn a bye through the Knockout Round.

"If you give up a goal against them, you're in trouble".

The discussion in Montreal, of course, has fixated on Drogba's refusal to dress for a recent draw with Toronto FC upon finding out he wasn't chosen to start.

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Laurent Ciman put the visitors in front in the fourth minute from a corner kick, side-footing a volley past D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid for his first-ever MLS playoff goal. In the 57th minute, Mullins had his best chance. "At the end, the team was focused tonight on what they had to do and they executed". It's unlikely that the attacking combination of Piatti and Mancosu (a 31-year old striker on loan from Serie A club Bologna) will be held scoreless over two legs. Despite some shall we say drama (more on that in a minute!) off the pitch this is a very risky side that could flip on a switch and beat the rest of the East with relative ease.

The Sounders will play top-seeded FC Dallas in the semi-finals while Impact will face New York Red Bulls. "He's done it now for the last five, six weeks after a little bit of a spell where he didn't score many goals".

It all started when, with the Impact struggling on attack, Drogba was dropped from the starting lineup for a September 28 game against San Jose, won 3-1 by Montreal. I think that was a nice gesture to his teammates to be there for them.

"I am feeling a little exhausted", Mancosu said through a translator.

Widely perceived as a distraction on a sinking ship, Drogba saw that narrative shift substantially Thursday night. Can New York continue their unbeaten run to open the playoffs?

"When we started pushing for this playoff spot, that was related to when Frank was back with the team", said head coach Patrick Vieira, who applauded Lampard's 12 goals in 15 matches. Their previous four matches had been wins and peaking at the right time is often how MLS Cups are won.

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