Columbus Crew and Montreal Impact record enormous preseason wins

The Columbus Crew and the Montreal Impact got the biggest day of the MLS preseason underway in fine style as they won 7-0 and 6-0 respectively.

A total of 12 MLS sides are in action on Wednesday as the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic and Desert Diamond Cups get underway.

The Montreal Impact played their second game against Mexican opposition in as many days in the days early kickoff and they put in a fine display to win 6-0 against FC Cuautla in their final friendly before next week’s CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final clash with Liga MX side Pachuca.

Jack McInerney, who was sent off in yesterday’s 1-0 win against Cruz Azul, opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Blake Smith added a second just before halftime.

Cameron Porter came on at halftime and the 21-year-old third round MLS SuperDraft pick bagged himself a hat-trick, while McInerney added his second of the game to seal a comfortable 6-0 win against the Mexican third division side.

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Columbus Crew got the first game of the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic underway against London United and were also in a goalscoring mood as they found the net seven times.

New signing Kei Kamara opened the scoring in just the third minute before Ethan Finlay scored a second on 19 minutes. Finlay then turned provider as he teed up new right-back Hernan Grana to make it three before Grana then grabbed an assist for Kamara’s second of the game, making it 4-0 after just half an hour.

Columbus weren’t prepared to see out the half four up though and added two more as Grana made it five with his second of the game from defence before he got his second assist of the game by setting up new left-back Chris Klute on the stroke of halftime, making it 6-0 at the break.

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Crew SC weren’t as devastating in the second-half but still added one more through second-round draft pick Sagi Lev-Ari in the final ten minutes. Lev-Ari was making his preseason debut for the Black and Gold but is not yet registered on the club’s roster for the 2015 season.

Kei Kamara may have bagged two but it was fellow new boy Hernan Grana who impressed most as he registered two goals and two assists from right-back in an impressive attacking display.

Both the Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew have lost just once this preseason and will be hoping they can take their goalscoring form from today’s friendlies into the new 2015 MLS season in the Eastern Conference.

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Montreal Impact beat Cruz Azul in drama-filled friendly

The Montreal Impact beat current Liga MX leaders Cruz Azul 1-0 in a dramatic friendly on Tuesday afternoon ahead of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal showdown with Pachuca next week.

New arrival Dominic Oduro scored the only goal of the game for the Impact inside five minutes but Frank Klopas watched his side concede two penalties and have a man sent off before the final whistle.

Cruz Azul were awarded the first of their two penalties after half an hour but Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush saved the spot kick to keep the Canadian-based MLS side in the lead at halftime.

The drama increased in the second-half as Justin Mapp hit the post for the Impact before Jack McInerney and a Cruz Azul player were both sent off on 75 minutes.

Five minutes after the double sending off, the Mexican side were awarded their second penalty of the game but missed again as the post came to Montreal’s rescue.

The Impact held on to record their second win of preseason and now prepare to face another Liga MX side in Pachuca in their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal next Tuesday.

The first-leg of that tie will be played in Mexico before the return leg in Montreal the following Tuesday, just three days before the 2015 MLS season is set to kick off.

MLSGB’s MLS Goal of the Year Picks – Vote Now!

The MLS playoffs may be well underway, but goals scored in the postseason won’t be considered for the prestigious MLS Goal of the Season award, and so it’s time to start reliving some of the best strikes from the 2014 regular season.

There were 924 goals scored this year, but there can be only one that stands out above the rest, and you can now decide which goal gets it!

MLSSoccer.com is running their Goal of the Year vote too, but with 64 goals to choose from there, we decided to make it a little easier to decide by selecting what we think are the top ten goals.

It’s now up to you to decide which goal is named the MLSGB 2014 MLS Goal of the Year by voting below (voting will close on Sunday November 30th).

All goals courtesy of MLS on YouTube:

A) Will Johnson vs Vancouver Whitecaps (Week 13)

B) Marcon Pappa vs Colorado Rapids (Week 30)

C) Erick Torres vs Real Salt Lake (Week 16)

D) Obafemi Martins vs Portland Timbers (Week 26)

E) Erick Torres vs Montreal Impact (Week 17)

F) Jose Mari vs Vancouver Whitecaps (Week 5)

G) Jack McInerney vs Houston Dynamo (Week 16)

H) Federico Higuain vs Portland Timbers (Week 11)

I) Gaston Fernandez vs D.C United (Week 9)

J) Sam Cronin vs Philadelphia Union (Week 24)