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Patrice Bernier scores on late penalty as Montreal Impact draw Chivas USA 1-1

Chivas USA's goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, right, makes a save against Montreal Impact's Marco Di Vaio during second half MLS soccer action in Montreal, Sunday, July 7, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
July 07, 2013 - 6:07 PM

MONTREAL - Patrice Bernier scored from the penalty spot in the 80th minute as the Montreal Impact eked out a 1-1 MLS draw with Chivas USA on Sunday night.

The goal came after Mario De Luna took down Sanna Nyassi on the left edge of the penalty area.

Eric Avila scored for Chivas (3-10-4), the last place team in the Western Conference. Chivas has gone 13 games without a win dating to a 2-1 victory over Vancouver on March 30.

The East-leading Impact (9-4-4) are winless in their last three games and have surrendered eight goals in that span.

The Impact's recent defensive woes surfaced once again as low-scoring Chivas got the first goal in the 55th minute.

After Hassoun Camara lost the ball near the halfway line, a Jose Correa cross into the middle looked to put Montreal in panic mode. Jorge Villafana blasted a left-footed shot off the bar and Avila was there to put in the rebound from the edge of the penalty area.

Chivas played a cautious defensive game and it worked through a scoreless first half, although the Impact had a handful of chances.

Marco Di Vaio and Felipe Martins were both stopped by Dan Kennedy on point blank shots and Nyassi got his head on a Daniele Paponi cross, but it sailed harmlessly into the goalie's hands.

Chivas defender Carlos Borja took a yellow card but saved an almost certain goal when he pulled Di Vaio down from behind just outside the area in the 39th minute.

Montreal reached the halfway mark of their season. After 17 games as an expansion team in 2012, they were 5-9-3 for 18 points.

Notes _ After surrendering seven goals in two games, the Impact brought Davy Arnaud and Bernier out of the starting 11 in favour of Nyassi and Collen Warner. Warner played his 50th career MLS game. . . Matteo Ferrari wore the captain's armband. . . Coach Marco Schallibaum was back after serving his third one-game suspension Wednesday in Toronto.. . Tristan Bowen (suspension) and Julio Morales (national team duty) returned for Chivas but didn't start. . . Chivas beat Montreal 2-1 in their only meeting last year in Carson, Calif.

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