Goooooaaaal! The Montreal Impact won the first leg of the MLS Semifinals so the New York Red Bulls have their work cut out for them when they play on Nov. 6. Which team will advance in the 2016 MLS Playoffs? Click to watch and find out.
With the Montreal Impact drawing first blood in the first-of-two semifinal games with the New York Red Bulls, the team from the Big Apple needs to win and win big if they hope to make it to the conference finals. Will playing at Red Bull Arena in gorgeous Harrison, New Jersey leave Montreal in an “Empire State Of Mind?” Or will the Canadians cruise to another victory?
The second leg is set for 4:00 PM EST and fans can tune into this match via ESPN’s official live stream (after they enter in their cable information.) CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE NEW YORK RED BULLS VS. MONTREAL IMPACT LIVE STREAM
The damage might have already been done. Montreal has been a breakout during the 2016 MLS playoffs. They eliminated the D.C. United in a massive 4-2 victory, before holding the East’s best regular-season squad to a 1-0 loss, according to ESPN. Matteo Mancosu, 31, Dominic Oduro, 31, and Ignacio Piatti, 31, have formed like Voltron, attacking defenders and looking for a chance to score.
Plus, Montreal has another weapon in its arsenal: Didier Drogba, 38, the ex-Chelsea great. Didier didn’t play in the D.C. United thrashing or in the first game against New York, but he returned to training ahead of this game. After a diva-like moment, when he refused to play because he wasn’t included in the starting line-up, and a back injury, some didn’t expect him to play for Montreal again.
“If he can play, he can help,” manager Mauro Biello, 44, said of Didier. “The fact that he’s here is good news and hopefully he’ll be available. He wants to help this team and he wants to win.”
If Montreal completes the upset, they’ll likely face their fellow Canadians in the conference finals. Toronto FC has a 2-0 lead over New York City FC, and unless NYCFC fires off a volley of goals, it could come down to Montreal vs. Toronto. Talk about a major impact!
Who do you want to win this game, HollywoodLifers? Are you rooting for Montreal to be the Cinderella story of the playoffs? Or do you want to see the Red Bulls roar back?