CFM (11-11-10, 43 points) fell three points from last place in the playoffs and one point behind eighth place DC United.
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Fabio scored a dramatic goal in the 91st minute and the New York Red Bulls temporarily moved to sixth place in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race with a 1-0 win over visiting CF Montréal on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison NJ.
The Red Bulls (13-12-7, 46 points) beat Atlanta United, which has one win fewer than New York and was scheduled to host Toronto FC shortly after the Red Bulls secured the win.
The winning sequence unfolded as Patryk Klimala stayed in bounds near the baseline and eluded Montreal defender Kamal Miller.
Klimala passed the ball to Caden Clark, who headed to Fabio. Fabio finished off and sparked a celebration when he converted a header from his team into the lower right corner of the net.
The Red Bulls had the best play in the second half with New York beating Montreal 16-7 overall and 11-2 in the second half.
The winning goal came seven minutes after Clark’s shot from a Klimala header flew high over the net. New York secured victory when it cleared Montreal’s Joaquin Torres corner kick.
Fabio’s goal also came after Cristian Cásseres Jr. had a clear path to the right side of the net, but his shot slammed into the right post in the 67th minute.
New York improved to 7-1-2 in its last 10 games and will end with a home game against Atlanta on Wednesday and a visit to FC Nashville next Sunday.
Montreal (11-11-10, 43 points) fell three points from last place in the playoffs and one point behind DC United, which ranks eighth. CFM also fell to 3-3-4 in their last 10 matches and didn’t get their first shot of the second half until Mathieu Choinière shot high in the 79th minute.
New York goalkeeper Carlos Coronel scored his 12th clean sheet and his only save was on a breakaway from Sunusi Ibrahaim in the eighth minute.
Montreal goalkeeper Sebastian Breza finished with four saves.