Montreal Impact vs DC United: Highlights, Stats and Quotes

Marco Di Vaio's brace, a huge Felipe Martins and both head coaches being ejected sprinkled the highlights of a big 2-1 win for the Montreal Impact over D.C. United

The Montreal Impact has finally broken its winless streak or at least its slumo. Symbolically, Di Vaio's brace could not have come at a better time. At fully packed Stade Saputo, the Impact take 3 important points as the club gets a confidence boost from Di Vaio and co. Marco Schallibaum and Ben Olsen enjoyed the last 10 minutes of the game or so in their respective locker rooms. Both coaches got ejected after 'altercations' around the sidelines, after Justin Mapp got ''pushed'' by James Riley into the sidelines, and into a camera.

Lineups

MTL - GK-Troy Perkins; D-Jeb Brovsky, Alessandro Nesta, Matteo Ferrari, Hassoun Camara; M-Hernán Bernardello (Collen Warner 72'), Patrice Bernier, Andrés Romero, Felipe (Sanna Nyassi 82'), Justin Mapp, F-Marco Di Vaio (Daniele Paponi 89')

Subs not used: GK-Evan Bush; D-Maxim Tissot; M-Davy Arnaud, Blake Smith

D.C. - GK-Bill Hamid; D-Chris Korb, Daniel Woolard, Dejan Jakovic, James Riley (Dennis Iapichino 89'); M-Kyle Porter (Conor Doyle 71'), Nick DeLeon, John Thorrington, Perry Kitchen; F-Luis Silva (Lewis Neal 83'), Dwayne De Rosario

Subs not used: GK-Joe Willis; D-Ethan White; M-Jared Jeffrey, Collin Martin

Scoring Summary

MTL - Di Vaio (Mapp) 43‘
D.C. - Doyle (Silva, Kitchen) 81‘
MTL - Di Vaio (Bernier) 83‘

Misconduct Summary

D.C. - De Rosario 39'
MTL - Romero 47'
D.C. - Thorrington 71'
D.C. - Riley 75'
MTL - Di Vaio 84'
MTL - Bernier 90+'

Stats

Montreal Impact D.C. United
12 Attempts on Goal 15
8 Shots on Target 6
3 Shots off Target 7
1 Blocked Shots 2
3 Corner Kicks 3
15 Fouls 10
13 Open Play Crosses 20
2 Offsides 5
3 First Yellow Cards 3
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
49 Duels Won 46
51% Duels Won % 48%
354 Total Pass 481
77% Passing Accuracy % 85%
42.8% Possession 57.2%

Quotes

Montreal Impact Head Coach Marco Schallibaum

On Felipe's performance...

He was very good tonight. We need Felipe to play the way he did tonight. He's had a few difficult games, but was feeling good this past week. We spoke a few times and he's been able to turn things around tonight.

On the team's performance...

We should have put this game away a little earlier. In the first half we were dangerous, but managed just the one goal and that's dangerous. But thankfully, Marco hits his second goal of the night. But overall, I thought we had a really good game. We put a lot of pressure from the wings with Justin Mapp and Andres Romero. We played well defensively, as it's not an easy game against D.C. United. They are a very smart team.

On the fight his team showed after DCU tied it up...

We saw against Chicago that we were ready to come and fight to win games in the second half of that one. With 11 games left in the season, we need to continue to work like we did today to make our objective, even though it's still a little ways away, we are getting closer.

Marco Di Vaio

On scoring his second goal...

When D.C. United scored the goal to tie it, I was very sad. I missed a couple of chances, one in the first half and another in the second. Either one of those goals would have made it 2-0 for us. We could have breathed a little easier. But thankfully, I was lucky in the end to get one and help the team get the three points and was good for our confidence.

On his performance...

I felt much better tonight on the field after a good 3-4 weeks where I've felt a little off, some fatigue and with the family stuff in Italy, the long travels. It's been a tough month. But I felt better and I am really happy to help my team get an important win. It's very good for the morale.

Patrice Bernier

On getting the three points...
One point would have been very disappointing for us tonight. We got the three points we needed and we are now keeping pace with the other teams, putting some distance between us and those trailing us in the standings.

On a solid first half...

We could have had at least a second goal in the first half with all the chances we had. In the second half, they made some adjustments to us and we couldn't find the same rhythm at first. They managed to tie the score, but we kept playing hard with a little luck, character and Marco Di Vaio who scored his second of the game.

Justin Mapp

I thought we had several chances in the first half to get a second goal.But Marco [Di Vaio] came up big for us in the end. We were a little lethargic in the second half and he's a big time player who did it again for us tonight.

D.C. UNITED's Chad Aston

General Impressions on the game...

It was a little bit heartbreaking for us, I felt like we played well, created enough chances, especially on the road, to get out of here with some sort of result, so it is disappointing. But we are very happy with our team's effort and thought we played a very good game.

What were your expectations coming into the game against Montreal...

We knew it was going to be difficult, they haven't had the best run over the past seven or eight games and we knew they would be very hungry to come out and get three points. They are very deeply entrenched in the playoff race and so it was a very big game for them. We knew it was going to be difficult but I think overall we came in here and executed our game plan for the most part. It's just tough to be giving up a late one.

What will you be looking to change for your upcoming game...

We will look at the tape, evaluate that and go from there.

D.C. UNITED's Conor Doyle

General Impressions on the game...

Well I thought that we were a bit slow on our start in the first 15 to 20 minutes, but I think we put ourselves back in the game, had a few chances, didn't take them... Then we were able to get back into the game 1-1 and gave away another goal late on to make it 2-1. But I thought we played really well for the most part and I thought we deserved at least one point out of this game.

Can you tell me about the lead up to the goal...

I saw Luis pick it up in a little hole and made a run off of him. He put a great ball in and I was able to put it away.

D.C. UNITED's Nick DeLeon

General Impressions on the game...

Tough game, tough loss, it was a great goal by Di Vaio at the end, but I feel like it was a back and forth game, it was a good battle but, unfortunately we came up short.

What were your expectations coming into the game against Montreal...

To Win! To take the game to them and press them, hopefully force them to turn over the ball in better places and counter from there. We had some pretty good opportunities in the first half. We just weren't lucky to finish, I think it was a good group effort from the guys. Tough loss for today!

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