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 their first Eastern Conference championship game.
Montreal won its third straight — for the first time this season — to sweep New York in the two-leg semifinals. The Impact are the first Canadian team to reach the conference finals in MLS history.
Piatti opened the scoring in the 51st minute when he powered 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.
New York needed a two-goal home win to advance to its third straight conference title game after being shut out 1-0 in Game 1.
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.