Lappalainen shines on debut as Impact beat Union; Toronto win - GulfToday

Lappalainen shines on debut as Impact beat Union; Toronto win


Montreal Impact’s Lassi Lappalainen (right) in action with Philadelphia Union’s Raymon Gaddis during their MLS match in Montreal on Saturday. Associated Press

Finnish winger Lassi Lappalainen scored twice in his Major League soccer debut and Orji Okwonkwo also had two goals to help the Montreal Impact beat the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union 4-0 on Saturday night.

Evan Bush made three saves for his seventh shutout of the season, helping the Impact (10-11-3) snap a four-game skid.

The Impact were winless since June 26 and had only four goals during the losing streak. The Union (11-7-6) lost for the second time in three matches.

Elsewhere, Jozy Altidore scored for the fourth straight game and Toronto FC beat expansion FC Cincinnati.

Altidore made it 2-0 in the 50th minute, curling a shot from outside the penalty box past a diving Przemyslaw Tyton. Altidore has nine goals in 13 games this season for Toronto (9-9-5).

Emmanuel Ledesma scored for Cincinnati (5-16-2) in the 58th minute.

Nick DeLeon opened the scoring for Toronto in the 16th minute.

Jesse Gonzalez had five saves for his sixth shutout of the season and FC Dallas played to a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake.

Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke was not on the bench after being suspended because of his conduct following Wednesday night’s Leagues Cup match against Tigres UANL.

Petke was shown a red card after having heated words with referee John Pitti. The matter is pending investigation and MLS is withholding comment until a review of the incident is complete.

Nick Rimando had two saves for Real Salt Lake (9-9-4) for his sixth shutout of the year and 150th of his MLS career.

FC Dallas is 9-8-6.

Jordan Morris scored in the 59th minute in Seattle’s victory over Houston,

Stefan Frei had three saves for his seventh shutout for Seattle (11-6-5). The Sounders moved into second place in the Western Conference.

The Dynamo (9-10-3) also lost 1-0 in Seattle in May.

Pedro Santos broke a tie in the 84th minute with his second goal of the game in Columbus’ victory over New York.

Santos scored the winner off a putback after Luis Robles saved Gyasi Zardes’ shot.

Luis Argudo also scored for Columbus (7-14-3). Daniel Royer and Brian White scored for the Red Bulls (10-9-4).

Associated Press