The MLS playoffs are inches away for the Montreal Impact, after a big 2-1 win over Eastern Conference rivals, the Philadelphia Union. In a Hollywoodian scenario, les Bleus mustered a big comeback win at Stade Saputo and puts the pressure on the Chicago Fire and the New England Revolution.
To summarize the game, Fabinho draws first blood as he scores the first goal of the game., half-way through the first half. The Impact responded with two second-half goals from Marco Di Vaio (who else) and Karl W. Ouimette , close to become a saint among Montrealers. But the story of the game is a richer one , with ups and downs, dramatic situations and deliverance: a Greek Tragedy.
In typical Impact fashion, Les Bleus go all in to get the first goal with a big push as the Union defence and Zac MacMath were quickly tested, Justin Mapp finds and creates space on the right side while combining efficiently with Hassoun Camara. On at least one occasion, Di Vaio could have and should have scored.
That lack of efficiency came back to haunt the Impact as it was the visitors that scored first. On quick attack, Kleberson finds Fabinho on the left side, who finishes the action with a powerful shot that beats Perkins. Within 29 minutes, Stade Saputo went from cheery and positive to silent and gloomy.
Only the Ultras Montreal supporters group kept the tempo of cheering. It could have gotten worse as only a few minutes later, Fabinho delivers a precise corner kick that is met by Conor Casey's head. Fortunately, it hit the crossbar as the ding sent a resounding chill across the stadium.
The second half took longer than expected to see the Impact get into second gear. It was until Andrew Wenger and Andrea Pisanu came in that the momentum changed even more, especially Wenger's input into the game. His presence gave more space to Di Vaio and he made sure to take advantage of every inch and meter to given to him.
Davy Arnaud finds Di Vaio in the box as the Italian designated player does a number on Okugo and fires a shot. The shot ended up being deflected by a defender and finds its way to the back of the net. With his 20th goal, Di Vaio joins a select group of 11 players to have reached that tally in MLS history.
With that goal, the Blue Wave came crashing again and again on an excellent Zac MacMath as he frustrated Di Vaio and Mapp. But it was off a free kick that deliverance was found, after Camara was fouled. Mapp takes the free kick and finds the head of Ouimette who scores what ultimately becomes the game winning goal, and potentially the goal that clinches the playoffs for the Montreal Impact.