No one else than Marco Di Vaio could have pulled a goal out of nowhere. The Italian designated player was playing his first game in 2014 after a 3-game suspension. Winless in three games, the Montreal Impact was desperate to get points and getting Di Vaio back was the boost it needed.
But it was the Philadelphia Union that was dangerous most of the game. The hosts were rewarded, after dominating the first half, as Vincent Noguiera scores the go-ahead goal for the Union. Heath Pearce, who was starting his first game as an Impact, gave the ball away which resulted in a counter-attack.
Jack McInerney finds Noguiera who makes a run behind the Impact defence and fires the ball pass Troy Perkins. At the 35th minute, the Union took a 1-0 lead.
Throughout the first half, Perkins was excellent with a few key saves on shots and set pieces. The Union was attacking on both sides of the pitch, keeping the Impact deep in its zone and making it difficult for Klopas' men to build properly.
For most of the game, Di Vaio was left to himself to create something out of nothing. Neither Felipe Martins nor Andres Romero were relevant during the game but Justin Mapp continued to be most dangerous midfielder for the club.
Even without Patrice Bernier on the starting eleven, Klopas fielded enough players to create chances.
After a lacklustre first half, the Impact picked up the pace in the second with a few scoring chances and real attempts at Zac MacMath's goal. But the club was still unable to withstand Philadelphia's pressure from both sides as Perkins had to make big saves on Noguiera and Maurice Edu.
But like in 2013, the Impact created something from nothing. Justin Mapp plays a long ball to Di Vaio, who found some space on the left side of the pitch. Running at the Union defender, Di Vaio settled himself onto the left wing and got in the box with ease.
With time and space, the prolific goal-scorer beats the Union goalkeeper with a perfect curling shot, a shot that MacMath could only watch go in.
A few minutes before, Andrew Wenger was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle on Noguiera. The young forward was making a good impression when he came in during the second half. This situation made the likelihood of an Impact come-back slim at best.
Whether it was the Impact that stole a point or that the Union missed too many chances, that symbolic point in the standings is huge for the Bleu, Blanc, Noir.
Montreal's next game is against the New York Red Bulls at the Olympic Stadium.