MONTREAL — Didier Drogba, Johan Venegas and Dilly Duka scored as the 10-man Montreal Impact ended the New England Revolution’s six-game winning run with a 3-0 victory in a driving rainstorm on Saturday night.
The sixth place Impact (10-11-6) remain undefeated in four games since Mauro Biello replaced Frank Klopas as head coach.
New England (13-10-7), which moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with a win over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, saw an eight-game unbeaten streak come to a close in a game in which it rarely threatened Impact goalie Evan Bush.
Montreal went down a man in the 72nd minute when Marco Donadel, already on a yellow card, slid into defender Andrew Farrell.
But only four minutes later, Drogba slipped a pass to Duka on the left side to pad the Montreal lead. It was the first MLS assist for Drogba, who has four goals in as many games.
A third straight sellout crowd of 20,801 didn’t seem to mind getting soaked as they rose up each time the former Chelsea star touched the ball.
The Impact struck early as Ignacio Piatti dropped a pass to Venegas for a shot that went off defender Steve Neumann’s leg and took a dip over Bobby Shuttleworth in the fifth minute. It was the Costa Rican in-season signing’s first MLS goal in his seventh game.
Drogba had a blast tipped off the crossbar in the 15th and Piatti shot just over the bar in the 22nd as the Impact threatened repeatedly.
New England’s best chance came off a set play from a corner and defender Laurent Ciman headed a Charlie Davis shot off the line in the 31st.
In the 59th, Drogba drew a free kick and then scored on a shot that went in off the chest of New England midfielder Kelyn Rowe.
Ciman was back after missing three games, one on international duty for Belgium and two from suspension.
Midfielder Calum Mallace left in the 53rd with an apparent leg injury.
The Impact were coming off a pair of draws at Los Angeles and San Jose.
Each team had a defender suspended, Ambroise Oyongo for Montreal and London Woodberry for New England.
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press
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