MLS roundup: Drogba breaks drought with hat trick to lift Impact over Union
Sebastian Giovinco also nets 3 over D.C. United; Whitecaps scoreless against Dynamo
Didier Drogba, who had not scored since May 28, broke out with a hat trick to lead the Montreal Impact to a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
The Ivorian striker, who returned last week after missing three games with a thigh injury, quieted any critics who thought his 38-year-old body may be nearing it's best-before date for soccer with a dominant effort at both ends of the field.
Ignacio Piatti returned from sitting out a one-game suspension to score his 12th goal of the season and pick up two assists. It was Piatti's eight goal in his last nine games.
And recent signing Matteo Mancuso, who went in for Drogba in the 79th minute, got his first MLS goal in added time after being sent in on the right side by Patrice Bernier.
Chris Pontius, with his eighth of the year, replied for the Union. Philadelphia has lost four of its last seven matches.
Montreal (7-5-8) moved within one point behind second-place Philadelphia (8-7-6) in the MLS Eastern Conference with a game in hand. The Impact rebounded from a 3-1 home loss last week to New York City in style before a full house of 20,801 at Saputo Stadium.
Giovinco snaps drought with 3 of his own
Sebastian Giovinco scored three goals and added an assist to break out of an eight-game scoring drought in Toronto FC's 4-1 victory over D.C. United 4-1.
The Italian star put on a show in front of 26,349 fans on a steamy night at BMO Field. Two goals came on free kicks 18 minutes apart in the first half, with the third coming in second-half stoppage time as he poked home Mark Bloom's cross to up his goals total to 11 this season.
Giovinco had not scored in league play in more than two months — 70 days to be exact — since scoring twice in a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 14.
Marky Delgado also scored for Toronto (6-7-6)
Jeffrey scored for D.C. United (5-7-7).
Whitecaps scoreless against Dynamo
Vancouver's David Ousted and Houston's Joe Willis had four saves each in preserving a scoreless draw between the Whitecaps and Dynamo.
The Dynamo's best chance came in the 71st minute when Boniek Garcia's left-footed shot crashed the inside of the left post, bounced along the goal line but went out past the other post.
Vancouver's Erik Hurtado found the back of the net in the 84th minute, but the goal was disallowed because of a hand ball.
The Whitecaps (8-8-6) moved alone into fifth place in the Western Conference standings, The Dynamo (4-9-7) stayed in last place.
With files from The Associated Press