Impact beat Union to solidify playoff spot
MONTREAL (AP)—Marco Di Vaio scored his 20th goal of the season, defender Karl Ouimette headed in his first career goal and the Montreal Impact took a big step toward making the MLS playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
The Impact (14-12-7), who ended a six-game winless run, are solidly in playoff position going into their final regular-season game in Toronto.
Fabinho scored in the first half for Philadelphia (12-11-10), which began the day in a three-way tie with Montreal and Chicago for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
“This was a playoff game without the playoffs,” Philadelphia coach John Hackworth said. “Both of us had to win. We did a good job in the first half, but we couldn’t finish it off.”
Di Vaio became the 11th player in MLS history to score 20 goals in a season.
The 21-year-old Ouimette, an Impact academy product from Repentigny, headed in the winner in the 84th minute.
“It felt magical,” Ouimette said. “There are no words. I put it in and everyone was jumping on me.”