Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marco Di Vaio Scores Two Goals as Montreal Impact Beat Houston Dynamo

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marco Di Vaio Scores Two Goals as Montreal Impact Beat Houston Dynamo

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Di Vaio scores two as Impact trounce Dynamo


MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact may have struggled on the road lately, but on Saturday night, the team proved once more that its home game is emphatically back on track.

Marco Di Vaio scored two goals and Montreal won its second in a row with a 5-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo that launches the Impact into first place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference.

The Impact improved to 12-7-5 for 41 points in 24 games, matching their win total from last season in their MLS debut. Montreal extended its home winning streak to three, and is undefeated in their last five games (3-0-2) at Saputo Stadium.

But in road games, Montreal is winless in its last five (0-4-1) dating back to a 2-1 win in Kansas City on June 1.

"We're playing in Philadelphia next week and then we're in Boston, and Houston later on," Di Vaio said. "Those are all teams that we're competing with to make the playoffs, so it's going to be so important for us to get those points in road games."

Di Vaio and Felipe Martins scored minutes apart in the first half to put Montreal up by a pair. Jeb Brovsky made it 3-0 in the 58th minute and Di Vaio finished off a two-man break on a pass from Patrice Bernier for his fourth goal in two games.

Andrea Pisano added his first Major League Soccer goal and the Impact won its second in a row, and its third straight at Saputo Stadium, to the delight of the sold-out crowd of 20,801.

"The facts speak for us," Felipe said. "When we play like that we can do good things."

Troy Perkins made a diving save on a header two minutes into the second half on his way to posting a clean sheet.

Houston lost for just the second time in its last seven MLS games (4-2-1).

"There was a great opportunity for us before the game and we didn't play well," Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall said. "We didn't play well enough to get a draw, not even close enough to get a win, and when you don't have a very good performance on the field against a team of Montreal's calibre you're going to get a lot of goals scored on you."

Impact forward Justin Mapp slammed a drive off the crossbar from inside the top of the 18-yard box 14 minutes into the match. …

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