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Montreal Impact
MTL
Final
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Philadelphia Union
PHI
Saturday, October 19, 20132:00 PM
Stade SaputoMLS Regular SeasonCloudyMLS LIVEAttendance: 18993

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 84'MTLKarl Ouimette
  • Justin Mapp
 64'MTLMarco Di Vaio
  • Davy Arnaud
  • Felipe Martins
 29'PHIFabinho
  • Kléberson
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 90'+2'MTL Andrea PisanuTime wasting
 86'PHI Antoine HoppenotDissent
 86'MTL Hassoun CamaraFoul
 78'MTL Matteo FerrariFoul
 56'MTL Marco Di VaioFoul
 40'PHI Conor CaseyDissent
 39'PHI Brian CarrollFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 89'MTL
Wandrille Lefevre (M)
Alessandro Nesta (D)
 88'PHI
Roger Torres (M)
Raymon Gaddis (D)
 76'PHI
Leonardo Fernandes (M)
Danny Cruz (M)
 71'MTL
Andrea Pisanu (M)
Davy Arnaud (M)
 67'PHI
Antoine Hoppenot (F)
Jack McInerney (F)
 53'MTL
Andrew Wenger (F)
Patrice Bernier (M)

Starting Formations

1Perkins6Camara14Nesta13Ferrari34Ouimette23Bernardello8Bernier21Mapp7Felipe Martins22Arnaud9Di VaioM3115183033555118MacMath25Williams14Okugo31Parke28Gaddis44Cruz19Kléberson7Carroll33Fabinho6Casey9McInerneyM3910840291222RAA4

Lineups

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Montreal Impact
1GTroy Perkins
6DHassoun Camara
14DAlessandro Nesta
13DMatteo Ferrari
34DKarl Ouimette
23MHernán Bernardello
8MPatrice Bernier
21MJustin Mapp
7MFelipe Martins
22MDavy Arnaud
9FMarco Di Vaio
Philadelphia Union
18GZac MacMath
25DSheanon Williams
14DAmobi Okugo
31DJeff Parke
28DRaymon Gaddis
44MDanny Cruz
19MKléberson
7MBrian Carroll
33MFabinho
6FConor Casey
9FJack McInerney
Bench
31Andrea Pisanu
15Andrés Romero
18Collen Warner
30Evan Bush
33Andrew Wenger
55Wandrille Lefevre
51Maxim Tissot
 
39Oka Nikolov
10Roger Torres
8Matt Kassel
40Gilberto
29Antoine Hoppenot
12Aaron Wheeler
22Leonardo Fernandes
Managers
  Marco Schällibaum
 
  John Hackworth
OFFICIALS

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RefereeSilviu Petrescu  
Assistant RefereeDaniel Belleau  
Assistant RefereePeter Manikowski  
Fourth OfficialGeoff Gamble  
Saturday, October 19, 2013
2:00 PM
Stade Saputo
MLS LIVE

MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact are on the verge of their first MLS Cup playoff appearance in team history after a dramatic come-from-behind win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo.

Impact Designated Player Marco Di Vaio and Homegrown Player Karl W. Ouimette rescued Montreal in the 2-1 victory after Fabinho gave visiting Philadelphia a deserved first-half lead.

With 49 points, Montreal are a New England draw or loss away from earning a postseason berth. Philadelphia, meanwhile, remain on 46 points, a total that could leave them sitting in 7th place by Sunday morning.

Montreal were menacing to start, but they didn’t put Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath to the test, their attacks foiled by a backline brilliantly marshalled by Jeff Parke.

That left the door open for Philadelphia, who grew in confidence with every passing minute until they seized the lead in the 29th minute. Kléberson’s tremendous through ball found Fabinho’s run on the left, which was followed by an accurate, powerful finish from an acute angle into the roof of the net.

The Brazilian duo had threatened earlier, as a Fabinho corner was redirected by Conor Casey crashed onto the crossbar, while Kléberson had a thumping shot deflected off Patrice Bernier for a corner. Philadelphia looked good value for their lead.

It took a change to a 4-4-2 formation for Montreal to find their swagger in the second half, and they found a breakthrough in the 64th minute.

Impact captain Davy Arnaud played a short pass behind him to Di Vaio, who turned on Union defender Amobi Okugo and curled a shot with his right foot. The ball bounced off a defender, but still found the back of the net and allowed Di Vaio to become the 11th player in MLS history to score 20 goals in a season.

The goal resurrected Montreal, who committed increasing numbers forward but three chances went begging for Di Vaio. Justin Mapp missed one as well.

But in the end, it came down to an area of the play where Montreal have often been weak – set plays. In the 84th minute, former Union player Justin Mapp took a free kick conceded by Raymon Gaddis. The ball ultimately reached a wide-open Ouimette at the far post, and the youngster’s header hit bodies along the way but somehow trickled in for a potentially playoff-clinching goal.

Both Montreal and Philadelphia play their last game of the regular season next Saturday, October 26. The Impact are off to archrivals Toronto, while the Union host Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Marco Di Vaio After a quiet first half, Di Vaio turned it up with the season on the line after the break. Showed plenty of drive and scored a classic Di Vaio goal as he set the tone for his team's comeback.
2 Jeff Parke Numerous defensive plays gave the impression it could be the Union's day at Stade Saputo. But the visitors dropped too far back in the second half and paid the consequences.
3 Conor Casey A one-man wrecking crew, seemingly taking on the entire Impact back line on his own. If the Union can sneak into playoffs, Casey looks like he's just hitting prime form.