Marco Di Vaio scores a hat trick but none of his goals counted as game winning goals as the Philadelphia Union did not lie down throughout a game full of drama. The synopsis of the game was planned to be the duel between Marco Di Vaio and Jack McInerney and both strikers did not disappoint.
Di Vaio draws first blood at the 2nd minute of the game. Who else but Justin Mapp to get things going with a nice through pass on the right touchline to fee Andrew Wenger, The young forward sends a cross in the box that Di Vaio intercepts with low volley that beat Zac MacMath.
With barely enough time to settle down from celebrating the goal, Jack McInerney crashes the party when he gets a pass from Michael Farfan after a bad clearance from the Impact. From close range, the Union striker finishes it the play with a well place shot.
The rest of the half was all Blue as Di Vaio scores another two goals to get his MLS hat trick in just under 32 minutes. At the 29th minute, the Italian veteran combines with Justin Mapp and both deliver a demonstration of what a timed run with precise passing looks like.
Mapp cuts to the middle to see a streaking Di Vaio finding space and no marking to have time to control the ball with his chest. The cool control is only surpassed by the clinical finish to make the chip over Macmath look effortless and easy.
A couple of minutes later, Andres Romero shows speed on the right side and dribbles past Sheanon Williams, the Union right back. His cross finds a streaking Di Vaio who one-times it for the Hat Trick. With 9 goals in MLS, Di Vaio is tied with Jack McInerney for the goal scoring lead.
The second half started in the favor of the Montreal Impact in ball possession and dangerous chances. Unable to capitalize, the cliche that a ''3-1 lead is never safe'' kicked in when Philadelphia got back in the game. Antoine Hoppenot's cross ,from the right side, metamorphosed into a shot that beat Troy Perkins, who did not expect neither the power nor the angle.
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The trend of the game stayed the same when the Impact restores a 2-goal lead thanks to Andrew Wenger, who somewhat struggled with his finishing earlier in the game. Off Felipe's corner kick, the tall athletic striker beats his marker for a nice header that beats the Union goalkeeper.
You know that they say about a ''4-2 lead'' ? If you guessed that it is never safe, you win my admiration and respect and so does Sebastien Le Toux on his left-footed shot for the Union's 3rd goal of the game. Le Toux picks up a ball from right outside the box and finds space and time to unleash a low powerful shot. Even a diving Troy Perkins could not do anything on that shot.
Later in stoppage, second half substitute Blake Smith gets his first MLS goal of his young MLS career. Patrice Bernier finds Smith on the left as the explosive winger finds space and actually creates it with that same speed. He dribbles past the last Union defender and MacMath is beaten....again.
The euphoria of victory is contagious and the virus is hitting the fans who witnessed yet another important victory, yet another 3 points for their club. That momentum will take the Montreal Impact to BC Place in Vancouver as Les Bleus face the Vancouver Whitecaps for a chance to take home the Voyageurs Cup.