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Result: Los Angeles Galaxy edge past Montreal Impact

Los Angeles Galaxy boost their playoff hopes and put a dent in those of Montreal Impact with a 1-0 win at the StubHub Centre.

Los Angeles Galaxy have moved to within two points of the MLS Western Conference thanks to a 1-0 win over Montreal Impact.

Kofi Opare's 68th-minute strike was all that was needed for Bruce Arena's men to clinch victory at the StubHub Centre, which condemns the visitors to their sixth game without a win and stalling their playoff challenge.

The Impact had the first chance of the game when Andrew Wenger skipped through to shoot across Brian Rowe in the second minute.

In a dull first half, it was Marco Schallibaum's men who looked the more threatening going forward, with Marco di Vaio and Wenger nearly combing to great effect again in the 24th minute.

However, the best effort of the first period was that of Gyasi Zardes, who weaved his way into the box and hit the outside of the post with a shot.

After the break, the Galaxy started to look more comfortable, and 23-year-old Canadian Opare made the most of a goal-mouth scramble to put his team in front with just over 20 minutes remaining.

The Canadian team tried to get men forward but ended up leaving themselves open at the back, although the home side could not add to their lead before the full-time whistle.

As things stand, Montreal are still just inside the playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, but are level on 46 points with Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union, who are in fifth and sixth respectively.

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Juninho on February 27, 2012
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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta25147450242649
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls24153647242348
3New York City FCNY City25145646331347
4Columbus Crew2511773129240
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia24103113439-533
6Montreal ImpactMontreal26103133140-933
7New England RevolutionNew England247893840-229
8DC United227693939027
9Toronto2466124045-524
10Chicago Fire2665153651-1523
11Orlando City2472153757-2023

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Dallas2413653930945
2Sporting Kansas CityKansas24126641271442
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles25126749391042
4Real Salt LakeSalt Lake26115103644-838
5Portland TimbersPortland2310763530537
6Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy2610794847137
7Seattle SoundersSeattle2410593126535
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver259793848-1034
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2592143649-1329
10Houston DynamoHouston2476114036427
11Colorado RapidsColorado2566133040-1024
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes2438133444-1017

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