Brilliant playmaker Ignacio Piatti of Argentina had three assists and a goal, and the Montreal Impact snapped a four-game losing streak with a surprising 4-2 win over the New England Revolution Saturday at Stade Saputo.
Piatti scored on a breakaway to up the lead to a stunning 4-0 in the 68th minute - his fifth goal of the season — after taking a long ball from Samuel Piette. Piatti received a standing ovation after being subbed out in the 74th minute.
New England didn’t give up without a fight. The Revs’ Wilfried Zahibo knocked in goals in the 78th and 86th minutes to make things more interesting. Remember that Montreal had allowed four goals in the second half in both of its previous two defeats, against Los Angeles FC and Atlanta United.
This time the Impact (3-6-0) held on.
Anthony Jackson-Hamel staked Montreal to a 2-0 lead with his first two goals of the season, both off Piatti assists. Raheem Edwards made it 3-0 off yet another Piatti feed in the 65th minute, which proved to be the game-winner.
The Impact held up well on defense most of the way after surrendering 16 goals during their losing skid. The Revs (4-3-2) had every reason to feel confident entering the match, coming off a 1-0 shutout of Western Conference-leading Sporting Kansas City. They had beaten Montreal five straight times by a 14-3 total margin.
But the Impact delivered their most complete effort this season under first-year coach Remi Garde.
The first half got a jolt in stoppage time as Jackson-Hamel broke a scoreless stalemate on a breakaway after a turnover on the Revolution half of the field. The first three Impact goals all came off turnovers. In acres of space, Jackson-Hamel took his time on the play, his shot deflecting off goalkeeper Matt Turner as the ball rolled across the line. Revs defender Jalil Anibaba made a sliding attempt to clear the ball but was a split-second too late.
Jackson-Hamel nearly had a hat trick. He also shot off the post with a bending right-footed attempt from the left after cutting past a defender.
—Field Level Media