Ignacio Piatti had a goal and an assist and Evan Bush had two saves to lead the Montreal Impact to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night at Saputo Stadium in Montreal.
Saphir Taider also scored for Montreal (9-12-0, 27 points), which moved to within one point of the fifth-place New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference. The Impact, who started the season with a 3-10-0 record, has won six of their last eight matches, five of them by shutout.
Andrew Tarbell had one save for San Jose (2-11-6, 12 points), which remained winless in its last 10 MLS games (0-6-4). The Earthquakes, in last place in the Western Conference, haven’t won a game since defeating Minnesota United, 3-1, at home on May 12.
Taider, a 26-year-old midfielder who is a member of the Algerian national team, gave Montreal a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute with his fourth goal of the season and third in three games. Taider was stationed in the middle of the penalty box when he received a crossing pass from Piatti and turned and rifled a left-footed shot inside the right post past a diving Tarbell.
San Jose had a chance to tie it just before halftime with a pair of shots by midfielder Jahmir Hyka, both in the 43rd minute. The first attempt came from inside the left corner of the penalty box and was deflected wide by a diving Bush. The second came on the left edge of the 6-yard box, but Bush came out to make a point-blank save.
Piatti, left open outside the middle of the penalty box, made it 2-0 in the 74th minute when he fired a shot off a pass from Alejandro Silva inside the right post for his 10th goal of the season. The 33-year-old midfielder from Argentina, recently named to the 2018 MLS All-Star squad, just missed scoring another goal in the 61st minute when his shot from the middle of the box rolled inches wide of the left post.
—Field Level Media