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MLS Snapshot: Montreal Impact 2-2 Toronto FC (video)

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Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti, center, is congratulated by teammate Matteo Mancosu (21) following a goal against the San Jose Earthquakes during the first half of a soccer game, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)


The game in 100 words (or less): Toronto FC came back from 1-0 down and 2-1 down to snatch a point away to their 401 derby rivals, the Montreal Impact, on Sunday. Ignacio Piatti bagged both goals for the home side, but Jozy Altidore scored one and assisted on the other, scored by Tosaint Ricketts, to move the Reds to within a point of second-place New York City FC in the race for a knockout-round bye in the Eastern Conference. With one game remaining in the regular season, TFC can finish no better than second, and no worse than third, thanks to Sunday’s result. The draw, coupled with D.C. United’s thumping of New York City FC, means the Impact fall from fourth to fifth, and would be forced to play on the road, at United, in the knockout round if the season ended today. Sebastian Giovinco missed TFC’s five previous games due to injury, but the reigning MLS MVP returned to the starting lineup on Sunday, and notched a secondary assist on Ricketts’ late equalizer.

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Three Four moments that mattered

19' — Piatti fires from distance for 1-0 — The first touch is exquisite; the next touch to open up space is just as good; and the strike from the edge of the penalty area is pinpoint. A special player.

51' — Everything goes Jozy’s way, and it’s 1-1 — Everything Altidore touches turns to gold these days.

55' — Piatti converts from the spot for 2-1 — TFC equalize, and concede in frustrating fashion immediately thereafter. That’s not like them, at all.

86' — Ricketts slots home to make it 2-2 — Altidore isn’t great as an old-school target man, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes it pays off.

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Men of the match: Ignacio Piatti

Goalscorers: Piatti (19', 55' - PK), Altidore (51'), Ricketts (86')

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