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Montreal Impact bounces DC United from 2016 MLS playoffs

The New York Red Bulls are going to Canada this weekend.

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Montreal Impact hurried D.C. United out of the 2016 MLS playoffs with an impressive 4-2 win on the road that simultaneously affirmed the unpredictable nature of both the post-season and this season's IMFC.

Montreal has been stumbling all year in the league: winning some, losing some, and never quite doing enough of either to be categorically very good or very bad. L'Impact flopped over the regular-season finish line with a 3-0 loss to New England Revolution, having taken seven points from its three preceding games to assure itself a place in the playoffs.

Conversely, D.C. United had put together a four-game winning streak to cruise into the post-season before slipping to a 4-2 loss in Orlando that did not seem at all significant to the perception that DCU had got hot at exactly the right time.

Red-hot DC vs never-really-more-than-warm IMFC: no contest. And it was indeed no contest: Montreal took its show on the road and showed up its host. DC was a goal down after four minutes, two goals down by half-time, and three goals down before the game hit its 60th minute. Ignacio Piatti completed the rout with an 83rd-minute strike after he and Matteo Mancuso taunted the DC back line with a languid one-two that ignored the growing crowd of DCU defenders in the area.

Four goals up heading into stoppage time, Montreal graciously allowed DC the final word. Lamar Neagle and Taylor Kemp tallied consolations for the home crowd, but the last minutes of the game was a little too late for the DCU most had been expecting to see to suddenly show up and turnaround a four-goal deficit.

DC's 2016 playoff campaign is one-and-done; Montreal heads home to prepare to host the first leg of an Eastern Conference semifinal against the New York Red Bulls.