HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Ignacio Piatti scored his second goal of the game in the 85th minute and the Montreal Impact beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time.
Montreal won the two-game, total-goals series 3-1 after taking the opener 1-0 at home last week.
The Impact will face Toronto FC in the two-game conference finals, with Game 1 set for Tuesday, Nov. 22 in Montreal. They are the first Canadian teams to reach the conference finals in MLS history.
Piatti opened the scoring in the 51st minute, powering a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Luis Robles.
Eight minutes after New York tied it, Piatti iced it with his right foot. Dominic Oduro raced down the left sideline on a breakaway and waited for help. Didier Drogba trailed up the middle, drew two defenders and found an open Piatti for a close-range shot.
Bradley Wright-Phillips, who won his second MLS Golden Boot in the last three seasons with 24 regular-season goals, scored on a deflected shot in the 78th minute.
In the first half, Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush took down Gonzalo Veron inside the penalty area but Bush blocked Sacha Kljestan’s penalty kick.
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