Marco Di Vaio has not scored a goal since the 3-3 tie against Toronto FC, back in July. The ex-Serie A striker settled the score with himself and scored 2 goals against D.C. United. With 20,801 fans at Stade Saputo, the Montreal Impact get an important 3 points as the Eastern Conference is starting to get crowded at the top.
There is always a first time for everything but the Impact shied away from losing 3 games in a row and that is a good thing.Whether Di Vaio was dormant or not during the Impact's slump, scoring goals at Stade Saputo is the best remedy for any kind of winless streak.
After a strong start to the game, the Impact only scored later in the half when Di Vaio one-times a shot at the 43th minute. On a counter-attack, Justin Mapp runs on the right wing and is able to cross a low ball into the box. Felipe Martins lets the ball go through between his legs that finds Di Vaio: the rest is history.
D.C. United gets an equalizer later in the game, almost 60 minutes later. Conor Doyle scores at the 81st minute with a beautiful left footed finish after Luis Silva feeds him a pass inside the box. The Impact defence got caught out of position and DC took advantage of it.
Doyle did not know that Stade Saputo was Di Vaio's house and the Italian made sure to remind him. Two minutes later, Bernier finds Di Vaio on the left side of the pitch with a precise long cross. Jakovic's marking was too generous for the veteran striker. A feint later, Di Vaio sends a rocket of a shot in the opposite corner of Bill Hamid's goal and scores the winning goal.
MTL - Troy Perkins; Jeb Brovsky, Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Hassoun Camara; Justin Mapp, Patrice Bernier (C), Hernan Bernardello, Andres Romero; Felipe Martins, Marco Di Vaio.
Substitutes: Evan Bush, Maxime Tissot, Collen Warner, Davy Arnaud, Sanna Nyassi, Blake Smith, Daniele Paponi
DC - Hamid, Korb, Jakovic, Woolard, Riley, DeLeon, Kitchen, Thorrington, Porter, Silva, De Rosario
Substitutes: Willis, White, Iapichino, Neal, Jeffrey, Martin, Doyle
- 6 Yellow Cards and 2 Head Coach Ejections: the MLS Disciplinary Committee will be busy in the next few days. We can expect both Ben Olsen and Marco Schallibaum to server a one-game suspension.
- Felipe Martins has had a good outing showing creativity and a strong presence in the offensive build-up for Montreal.
- Di Vaio is getting closer to the MLS goal lead with 13 goals, only 1 goal behind Camilo Sanvezzo and Mike Magee.
- Justin Mapp's complete game: the left-footed player has been huge for Montreal and proved it again tonight.
- Montreal did not fully dominate DC: concern or style of play?
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