Piatti pounces as Impact triple up on Orlando City
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:27PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:32PM EDT
Ignacio Piatti scored two goals on Saturday and the Montreal Impact beat Orlando City 3-1.
"I think we played quite well and we reacted well from the last game we played (a loss) in Houston," Impact defender Bacary Sagna said.
"It was really important for the team because we're not going to play for two weeks. But we had a good reaction and we had good team spirit and we had good behaviour on the pitch because we wanted to play well as a team. To stay to compact and score goals and we managed to do it. So we need to keep going that way and working hard."
Orji Okwonkwo gave the Impact (2-1-0) the lead in the 14th minute with his first MLS goal.
"I'm very happy to score my first goal for Montreal and in this league. I'm very happy and excited," he said.
Piatti added another Impact goal a minute later, capitalizing on a defensive miscue as Orlando's Shane O'Neill misplayed a pass following the kickoff.
Piatti eluded Sacha Kljestan with a cutback and slotted home a right-footed shot to make it 3-0 in the 80th minute.
Dom Dwyer scored with a sliding finish into an open net to pull one back for Orlando City (0-1-2) in the 91st minute.
Montreal's Zakaria Diallo was shown a red card in the 96th minute after contact with Dwyer.