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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Saphir Ta├»der (55', 56')
  • Dominique Badji (78')

Saphir Taider's double leads the Montreal Impact past the Colorado Rapids

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Montreal 2-1 Colorado: Impact roll on - Via MLS (2:02)

Saphir Taider netted twice in two minutes to set Montreal on their way to a fourth straight victory, a 2-1 result over the Colorado Rapids. (2:02)

Saphir Taider scored twice within two minutes in the second half as the Montreal Impact won at home 2-1 on Saturday for their fourth consecutive victory.

The Impact dominated the first half in terms of possession (67 percent), passing accuracy (92 percent to a respectable 81 percent for Colorado) and shots (9-0), but with Colorado packing the middle of the field defensively and playing so low, there was little room to maneuver and get dangerous shots on net.

By sitting back and packing the box, it was clear the Rapids intended to strike on the counter-attack, but their rare forays out of their own end resulted in passes that went awry, runs that fizzled to nothing and evidence of a Montreal team swift to recover and protect its own end.

Taider finally broke through the Rapids' back line in the 55th minute, making a run and finishing it off nicely through goalkeeper Tim Howard's legs after a pass from Alejandro Silva.

But Taider wasn't done. About 90 seconds later, he picked up a ball that trickled into the box after touches by Ignacio Piatti and Silva and tapped it past Howard for the 2-0 lead.

Dominique Badji, who entered for Colorado in the 50th minute to add some speed to a punchless counterattack, cut the lead in half in the 78th minute off a free kick that bounced around the box, tapping it past Evan Bush from just in front of the goal line.

The goal finally put some pressure on the Impact, who conceded for the first time in four games.

That, however, would be it for the Rapids. Though they played with more aggression and had more productive runs in the offensive end in the second half, the stats told the story for the game as much as the score, with Montreal possessing the ball 68 percent of the game, getting 11 corners to none for the Rapids, and outshooting Colorado 21-2, helping the Impact continue their march up the table.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 34 +25 62
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +15 59
3 LAFC 34 +16 57
4 FC Dallas 34 +8 57
5 Portland Timbers 34 +6 54
6 Real Salt Lake 34 -3 49
7 LA Galaxy 34 +2 48
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -13 47
9 Houston Dynamo 34 0 38
10 Minnesota United FC 34 -22 36
11 Colorado Rapids 34 -27 31
12 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -22 21

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York Red Bulls 34 +29 71
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +26 69
3 New York City FC 34 +14 56
4 DC United 34 +10 51
5 Columbus Crew SC 34 -2 51
6 Philadelphia Union 34 -1 50
7 Montreal Impact 34 -6 46
8 New England Revolution 34 -6 41
9 Toronto FC 34 -5 36
10 Chicago Fire 34 -13 32
11 Orlando City SC 34 -31 28