MONTREAL — Kai Kamara scored in the first minute and Kelyn Rowe added two goals as the New England Revolution downed the slumping Montreal Impact 3-1 on Saturday night.
The Revolution (9-12-9), who lost to Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup final this week, posted a third straight win in Major League Soccer play with only their second away victory of the season. New England moved only two points behind fifth-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Didier Drogba scored on a penalty for Montreal (9-9-4), which has only one win in seven games. Perhaps more alarmingly, the Impact are 0-3-1 and have conceded 11 goals in their last four home games. And the Montreal attack is in a drought, with only eight goals in the last nine games, with no more than one in any of those games.
The Impact talked this week about tightening their defence and keeping an eye on their nemesis Kamara, but the big striker scored 25 seconds into the game.
The game had just begun when fullback Ambroise Oyongo wiped out on the wet grass while attempting a slide tackle, leaving space for Juan Agudelo to slip a pass to Rowe, who chipped the ball into the middle for Kamara to redirect inside the left post for his 10th of the season.
Kamara found another gap in the 27th minute and fed Rowe outside the 18-yard box for long shot that went in off the far post.
Kamara, who has five goals in three games against the Impact this season, also scored a brace to eliminate Montreal from the Eastern Conference semifinal last fall when he played for Columbus.
Montreal was awarded a disputable penalty in the 51st when Harry Shipp's shot hit London Woodbury's arm, although the New England defender looked to be just outside the penalty area on contact. Drogba made no mistake on the shot for his 10th of the campaign.
The excitement among the sellout crowd of 20,801 didn't last long.
After Ignacio Piatti wasted a glorious chance to tie it when he fired a Drogba feed over the bar, Aguldelo headed a ball off the post and Montreal midfielder Hernan Bernardello saved a goal by getting his foot on the rebound on a New England counterattack. A moment later, Rowe was left alone at the far side of the area to redirect a cross inside the near post to restore the two-goal lead.
The Impact had some late chances, including a diving header from Drogba that went just wide and moved the Ivorian star to slam the ball against an advertising board in frustration.
The Revolution also went up 2-0 early on their last visit to Saputo Stadium on July 2, but that time Montreal roared back for a 3-2 win.
Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush was back after serving a one-game suspension.