Drogba scores as Montreal closes in on playoff spot in MLS

COMMERCE CITY, Colorado (AP) Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba scored on a free kick and Evan Bush made a late diving save as the Montreal Impact beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Saturday to close in on a playoff spot in Major League Soccer.

Drogba bent it around the wall and inside the right post for his team-leading ninth goal in nine appearances this season. It came immediately after the Impact’s Andres Romero left the game on a stretcher because of an apparent right knee injury.

The Impact increased their lead to four points over seventh-place Orlando City for the final Eastern Conference playoff position. Both teams have two games left.

Lucas Pittinari put a low hard shot on the frame for Colorado in second-half stoppage time, but Bush saved it with a well-timed dive to his right.

With Montreal’s victory, New York City FC was eliminated from postseason contention.