Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – Italian striker Marco Di Vaio buried two goals as the Montreal Impact snapped a two-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over D.C. United Saturday at Stade Saputo.
The win put the Impact (11-7-5) in a tie for second place in the Western Conference with the Philadelphia Union with 38 points each.
The Impact also avenged their 3-1 defeat to DC United, which dropped to the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 13 points.
The goals, Di Vaio’s first since July 3, raised the Italian’s total for the season to 13 while the Impact improved to 7-0-1 when he scored at Stade Saputo.
Montreal went all out with quick attacks in the early stages, creating chances in the first, third and fifth minute that kept goalkeeper Bill Hamid on his feet.
However, United retaliated in the ensuing minutes, with fullback Chris Korb and Dwayne De Rosario combining for four attempts in a 15-minute span. De Rosario almost scored in the 37th minute but it sailed over the Impact’s net.
Montreal took the lead six minutes later when Di Vaio curled a right-footed strike into the top corner of Hamid’s net in the 43rd minute.
In the 81st minute, Conor Doyle pounced on a Silva through ball on the outside left and beat Troy Perkins at the far post to tie the game.
In the 73rd minute, Patrice Bernier fed Di Vaio on the right of United’s penalty area. He beat Dejan Jakovic and curled a shot past a powerless Hamid.
Tensions rose in the 75th minute when James Riley seemed to push Justin Mapp into a TV camera as the duo leaped to meet a Montreal goal kick.
Impact head coach Marco Schallibaum took exception and had a heated exchange with counterpart Ben Olsen. Referee Ismail Elfath sent both off, after Riley was duly booked.
Both teams are back in action at home next Saturday when D.C. welcomes Toronto FC while Montreal hosts the Houston Dynamo.
CONCACAF Champions League action awaits the Impact in Guatemala first, however, as they face CD Heredia Wednesday.