Montreal Impact make playoffs but face elimination in Houston
Montreal Impact's Marco Di Vaio, seen celebrating his game tying goal against Toronto FC on July 3, 2013, hopes to get back in the scoring column against Dallas at Saputo Stadium Saturday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young).
Published Sunday, October 27, 2013 8:08PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 28, 2013 10:53AM EDT
MONTREAL -With a little help from their friends, the Montreal Impact have earned a spot in the MLS playoffs.
After a series of results rolled in Sunday, the Impact learned that they had finished the season with just enough points to merit a fifth place finish.
They will now face the Houston Dynamo in a knockout game at BBVA Compass Stadium this ThursdaY.
The winner of that contest will then take on the powerful New York Red Bulls in a home-and-home series.
After losing to Toronto 1-0 Saturday, the Impact needed a defeat from either the Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution or the Chicago Fire Sunday.
The Houston Dynamo didn’t oblige, however, as they beat the D.C. United 2-1 to take fourth place in the division.
The Revolution also won, beating the Columbus Crew 1-0, to earn a third place finish.
The Red Bulls finally helped out with a 5-2 trouncing of the Chicago Fire, the magic result that gave the Impact a shot at the championship in their second year in the MLS.
The Fire and the Impact finished tied for fifth with 49 points but Montreal scored more goals, which earned them the tie-breaker.