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04/30/2016 18:04 EDT | Updated 05/01/2017 01:12 EDT

Despite Drogba goal, Burling tally helps Rapids draw 2-2 with Impact

MONTREAL — Bobby Burling scored in the 73rd minute as the Colorado Rapids pulled out a 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact after trailing twice in the game on Saturday before 20,801 at Saputo Stadium.

Didier Drogba and Maxim Tissot scored for Montreal (4-3-2), which ended a disappointing run of three games in eight days with two draws and a defeat.

Shkelzen Gashi had the other goal for Colorado (5-2-2), which was on a three-game winning streak.

The Impact dominated the early going and got the first goal on Drogba's free kick after Ignacio Piatti was pulled down by Burling just outside the Colorado penalty area. Drogba looped a shot just inside the left post from 25 yards for his second of the season.

That set two-time Olympic moguls skiing gold medallist Alex Bilodeau to ringing the Impact's goal bell in the east grandstand.

The Rapids' best first half chance came when Gashi's free kick was headed from close range in the 30th, forcing Evan Bush to make the save. 

Colorado equalized only two minutes into the second half as Mekeil Williams crossed the ball in from the left side. Centreback Laurent Ciman missed it and the ball went in off the onrushing Gashi.

Montreal struck back in the 50th when Tissot drilled a shot along the ground from distance that went just inside Zac MacMath's left post. It marked the first time this season Colorado has conceded more than one goal in a game.

The Rapids tied it again when Gashi's free kick into a crowd in the Montreal box was nudged forward by Axel Sjoberg to Burling, who put it in from the doorstep in the 73rd.

The Impact travel to Columbus next Saturday while the Rapids return home to face Salt Lake.

Notes — For a second straight game, the Impact started four Canadians, a rarity — Patrice Bernier, Tissot, Kyle Bekker and Wandrille Lefevre. . . Former Impact fullback Eric Miller, injured last week against Seattle, was not in Colorado's lineup. Miller was traded in March for a draft pick and money. . . Burling was selected by Montreal in the 2012 expansion draft, but elected not to sign and was traded to the defunct Chivas USA.

Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press