Marco Di Vaio Among MLS Stat Leaders: Goals and Shooting Galore

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Marco Di Vaio is no slouch and did not come to Montreal to get an easy paycheck. The Serie A veteran is bringing his skills and experience to the Montreal Impact that seemed to have signed a top player for MLS.

Marco Di Vaio has started the season with the Montreal Impact and the dividends are paying off early. With no goals scored for the first 2 wins of the season in Cascadia, the Italian scored in style at home against Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls.

Showing good physical form and that striker's frustration of never getting enough passes, Marco Di Vaio is on pace for 15 goals without a sweat but credit goes to the player himself, his teammates and the club's more focused mentality.

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With 19 shots on goal, Marco Di Vaio is shooting on goal and he is shooting a lot. Tied with Chris Wondolowski for top spot in shots on goal, Marco Di Vaio has been much more active in the box. Even if he played alone at the beginning of the season, the striker still had an impact on the game but not for 90 minutes.

Playing at home was a big advantage for the Serie A veteran as he enjoyed more support from the midfielders coming up for offensive phases. With Patrice Bernier on fire, Di Vaio enjoyed opportunistic precise passing from the Brossard-native.

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6 goals puts Marco Di Vaio ties with 2 other notable strikers of the league, including Mike Magee and Claudio Bieler. The current MLS leader is the young goal poacher from the Philladelphia Union, Jack McInerney.

Though being a homer as per goals scored ( 5 goals scored at home), Di Vaio has been more effective as the team came together against Toronto FC , a 6-0 win during the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship. Between Justin Mapp and Andres Romero alternating excellent individual performances, Di Vaio is enjoying a much more effective supporting cast and variety.

Another key to Di Vaio's success was the arrival of Daniele Paponi to the club as Marco Schallibaum went for a 2-striker partnership. With less stress on an older Di Vaio but still in shape, Paponi's runs and pivot play helped and its effect was immediate. Quickly injured, Paponi was replaced by Andrew Wenger as the center forward to sacrifice his body to keep the ball up front.

Di Vaio's finishing touch has only been increasingly impressive even if that is why the Designated Player is getting DP money. He is delivering the Return On Investment that the club has hoped he would yield on and off the field.

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