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Sports Willis gets MLS-leading 9th shutout, Nashville tops Montreal

07:55  28 october  2020
07:55  28 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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(AP) — Joe Willis made four saves for his league- leading seventh shutout of the season and Nashville played Minnesota United to a scoreless draw on Tuesday night in the first Willis came out of his area in the 65th minute to deny Ethan Finley's lofted attempt on a one-on-one breakaway.

Joe Willis made four saves for his league- leading seventh shutout of the season and Nashville played Minnesota United to a scoreless MLS Minnesota United Nashville SC Soccer. Willis came out of his area in the 65th minute to deny Ethan Finley's lofted attempt on a one-on-one breakaway.

HARRISON, N.J. — Randall Leal scored in the 33rd minute, Joe Willis recorded his MLS-leading ninth shutout and Nashville SC beat the Montreal Impact 1-0 on Tuesday night at Red Bull Arena.

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Nashville (7-6-7) is unbeaten in its last four games and moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. Montreal (7-12-2) has lost four of its last five games, and sits two points above the playoff line.

"We talked about it after every game. Once again, we didn't cover the run," said Impact coach Thierry Henry.

"We don't shoot and we don't cross the ball enough. We find ourselves in good situations, but we don't shoot on goal. We have to congratulate Nashville, who played well. They were alert and their striker made the run and scored."

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Joe Willis made four saves for his league- leading seventh shutout of the season and Nashville played Minnesota United to a scoreless draw on Willis came out of his area in the 65th minute to deny Ethan Finley’s lofted attempt on a one-on-one breakaway. Willis is tied with Columbus’ Eloy

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Leal scored his third goal this season. Alex Muyl was fouled near midfield and quickly got up to send a free kick past the defence for a calm finish by Leal.

Willis made two saves and moved ahead of Philadelphia's Andre Blake for the MLS lead in shutouts.

"We did everything to comeback to the score after the mistake on their goal," said Impact midfielder Samuel Piette. "We also lacked opportunism and didn't create enough chances... It's on us to show the passion and desire to try and keep our playoff position."

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Players deserve kudos for reaching playoffs, Impact president says .
While many view making the playoffs as success, Impact president Kevin Gilmore believes it’s more a sign of the progress the organization has taken in what will be remembered as a difficult and unusual season. “We tend to put so much emphasis on the playoffs because that’s a measure of success,” Gilmore told the Montreal Gazette on Monday. “I like to see it as a measure of progress. That’s the idea here.” “What I saw (Sunday), win or lose, showed me the progress that’s encouraging and in line with what we set out to do.” The Impact qualified for the Major League Soccer playoffs for the first time since 2016 with a 3-2 come-from-behind road victory against D.C. United on Sunday.

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