- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Matteo Mancosu scored twice to lead the Montreal Impact to a 4-2 win over D.C. United in the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs on Thursday.

The fifth-seeded Impact will host the top-seeded New York Red Bulls on Sunday in the first game of the two-leg Eastern Conference semifinals.

Laurent Ciman scored early to give Montreal the lead, followed by Mancosu’s first goal on a cross from Ignacio Piatti in the 43rd minute to make it 2-0.

Mancuso, who came to Montreal on loan from Italian club Bologna in July, padded the lead with a header in the 58th minute and Piatti made it 4-0 with a shot in the 83rd.

Lamar Neagle and Taylor Kemp scored for United after the 89th minute.

Montreal is still adjusting to the absence of former Chelsea star Didier Drogba. His status and future with the Impact have been a mystery ever since he asked to be removed from the game-day roster two weeks ago after he was told he wasn’t starting.

United entered the playoffs in the best form of their season, winning four of their last five matches. Their midseason turnaround was sparked in part by an improved frontline from the acquisitions of Lloyd Sam and Patrick Mullins.

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