MONTREAL — Didier Drogba, Johan Venegas and Dilly Duka scored and the 10-man Montreal Impact beat New England 3-0 in a driving rainstorm Saturday night to end the Revolution’s winning streak at six games.
The Impact (10-11-6) are undefeated in four games since Mauro Biello replaced Frank Klopas as coach. They are sixth in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of New York City FC for the final playoff spot.
New England (13-10-7), which moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with a win over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, also had an eight-game unbeaten streak end.
Montreal went down a man in the 72nd minute when Marco Donadel, already on a yellow card, slid into defender Andrew Farrell. But only four minutes later, Drogba slipped a pass to Duka on the left side to pad the Montreal lead. It was the first MLS assist for Drogba, who has four goals in four games.
The Impact struck early as Ignacio Piatti dropped a pass to Venegas for a shot that went off defender Steve Neumann’s leg and took a dip over Bobby Shuttleworth in the fifth minute. In the 59th, Drogba drew a free kick and then scored on a shot that went in off the chest of New England midfielder Kelyn Rowe.
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Thumbnail photo via Montreal Impact forward Didier Drogba (11) reacts after scoring a goal on a free kick during the second half against the New England Revolution at Stade Saputo.