Rookie Michael Salazar nets brace as Drogba-less Impact top Revolution

MONTREAL – Rookie forward Michael Salazar scored his first two Major League Soccer goals and Ignacio Piatti got one from the spot as the Montreal Impact posted a comeback 3-2 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Montreal (6-4-6) picked up only its second win in its last nine games, although it is 2-1-6 in that span.

Kai Kamara, who has six goals in four games against Montreal, gave New England (4-6-7) a two-goal lead with a brace in the opening 33 minutes.

Montreal Impact’s Ignacio Piatti, second from right, celebrates with teammates and fans after scoring against the New England Revolution during second half MLS soccer action, in Montreal on Saturday, July 2, 2016.


The Revolution were on a counterattack when Lee Nguyen slipped a pass to Kelyn Rowe to create a three-on-two break. Rowe pushed it ahead for Kamara to go in alone and blast a shot past Evan Bush in the 18th minute.

Kamara out-jumped Ambroise Oyongo to nod in Chris Tierney’s corner kick in the 33rd. They were Kamara’s first two goals in MLS for New England since he was traded in May from Columbus – just after a May 7 game in which he scored twice against the Impact.

Montreal got one back in the 40th when Oyongo’s cross went into the air off Jose Goncalves’ foot and Salazar got his bushy mop of hair onto it.

Salazar got another in the 48th as he chested down a Hassoun Camara pass, turned and fired past Brad Knighton. He thought he had the hat-trick when Knighton fell back into his goal on a corner kick but it was ruled a goal kick.

Piatti was tripped in the penalty area by Knighton and made no mistake from the spot in the 54th.

Salazar, a 23-year-old Belize international, was drafted 24th overall by Montreal this year. He made his first MLS start among six appearances mainly due to a spate of injuries. He got a big ovation when he was subbed out for Johan Venegas in the 85th minute.

The Impact were without Didier Drogba, who is day to day with a leg or foot injury, midfielder Lucas Ontiveri, also day to day with a flu, and fullback Donny Toia and midfielder Marco Donadel, who may return next week from injuries. Centreback Laurent Ciman is due back soon after playing for Belgium at the European Championship.

The Impact are 4-2-0 without Drogba in the lineup this season.

Many in the crowd of 20,279 at Stade Saputo got to their seats late because the game started just as Germany and Italy were going to penalties at Euro 2016.

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