Sunday was "Decision Day 2015" in Major League Soccer, the final day of the regular season, match number 34 for all twenty teams. On the line were a couple playoff spots in the Western Conference, final playoff seedings in both conferences, and of course the Supporter's Shield, which is the trophy won by the team with the best regular season record. (New York Red Bulls, slayers of Chelsea, won that based on goal difference over FC Dallas. You're welcome for the summer confidence boost, NYRB.) Normally, in Europe, this would be called the league title, but in the USA, that's determined by playoffs.
The top 6 from each 10-team conference qualify for the final stage tournament. The top two in each conference advance automatically to the (two-legged) Conference semifinals, to face the winners of the 3rd-v-6th and 4th-v-5th single-elimination matchups. The winners then advance to the (two-legged) Conference finals and the two winners there advance to the MLS Cup final, which is a one-off, winner takes all affair.
Frank Lampard's New York City FC were eliminated from playoff contention some time ago, but Didier Drogba's Montreal Impact had already confirmed their spot in the post-season in their previous match. Their final regular season game, against local rivals Toronto FC did determine final seedings however. Ex-Sunderland failure (unless facing Chelsea) Jozy Altidore opened the scoring for the visitors, but then, as it usually tends to happen when his team needs him the most, Didier Drogba happened.
Here's what the 37-year-old did inside of two second-half minutes. He now has 11 goals (plus 1 assist) in 11 appearances (9 starts) for Impact de Montréal (who have 18 goals total in those games). Yeah, impact. Literally. And not just on the pitch.
As the tweet says, no, that's not a replay. It's "Drogba-vu", get it?
Two flicks of his heel leading to two spectacular goals and a 2-1 win for Montreal. The Impact thus secure 3rd place in the Eastern Conference and will get to play against the 6th seed at home in Thursday's knockout round match. The 6th seed just happens to be Toronto FC! Rematch!
N.B.: You know, the MLS Cup playoffs will be over by early December at the latest. Maybe Didier can come back on loan and knock some sense into this ragtag bunch of Chelsea failures?