Piatti propels Impact into playoff position – Major League Soccer MLS

The Impact are in a playoff position for the first time this season but goalkeeper Evan Bush doesn’t want his side to get complacent.

Montreal beat Real Salt Lake 3-1 on Saturday, extending its winning streak to four games. The victory propelled Mauro Biello’s men into sixth place, and the final playoff position, in the MLS Eastern Conference standings.

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Three weeks ago, Montreal was 10th in the East and eight points away from a playoff spot.

“It gives us the belief that there’s something there that’s attainable,” said Bush, who made five saves against RSL. “Now we can see the bigger picture, we can see the teams ahead of us. Things are starting to come together.

“But just because we won four in a row doesn’t mean we can be content. We have to continue to go.”

Montreal, which has won seven of its last eight games on home soil in Major League Soccer, is on its first four-game winning streak since March 2013.

“We’ve put ourselves in a position to fight for the playoffs,” said Biello. “We’re in a position to challenge teams that are just ahead of us. You work hard every day to achieve success and right now the team is in a good rhythm and playing well. I see the team growing in confidence.”

Piatti continues strong form

Ignacio Piatti, who is in the middle of contract negotiations with the Impact, scored twice for the second straight game. He has now scored in four consecutive matches.

Piatti gave the Impact a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. The Argentine side-footed home his 13th goal of the season after finding himself on a 2-on-1 with Blerim Dzemaili.

Montreal’s leading goal scorer got his second of the night in the 29th minute, just three minutes after Real Salt Lake scored the equalizer. Piatti danced his way around defender Tony Beltran’s slide tackle in the box and fired a left-footed shot into the far corner of the net from a nearly impossible angle.

The 19,541 in attendance at Saputo Stadium were convinced Piatti completed the hat trick in the 56th minute but his goal was called back for offside.

“The entire team is playing well,” said Piatti, who has six goals in his last four games. “We need to continue this way. We have a new mindset and that’s led to four wins in a row.”

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