Impact cough up lead, lose 2-1 at home to Columbus Crew
Published Saturday, September 14, 2013 3:26PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, September 14, 2013 6:54PM EDT
The Montreal Impact (14-8-6) were shocked by the visiting Columbus Crew Saturday as the visitors scored two goals in the second half to force the Montreal squad to endure a rare home loss.
The Impact took a 1-0 lead over the Columbus Crew (10-15-5) at Saputo Stadium Saturday, as Marco Di Vaio scored on a header off a corner kick in the 23rd minute, but their hopes of keeping a clean sheet were ruined later in the game when the Crew came back with two goals.
The Impact goal was Di Vaio's league-leading 18th of the season and third in the last two games. It was reportedly his first header goal off a cross since 2011.
The lead would not last, however, as Chad Marshall evened the score for the Crew with a header to the far side in the 66th minute.
The Crew then took a 2-1 lead in the 78th minute on a brilliant pass from Federico Higuain to Dominic Oduro who gently redirected the cross ball behind Troy Perkins to give his club the lead.
The Crew managed to gain possession on the play after a bad turnover, as two Impact players fumbled the ball on a back pass.
The Impact started with Troy Perkins in net behind Jeb Brovsky, Mateo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Hassoun Camara, Patrice Bernier, Collen Warner, Davy Arnaud (C), Felipe Martins, Justin Mapp and Marco Di Vaio.
However Warner would be replaced by Sanna Nyassi in the 82nd minute and Felipe ceded his place for Daniele Paponi in hopes of sparking the equalizer.
The Impact were unable to come up with an equalizer in the 90 minutes as well as the three minutes of injury-time.
The victory broke an eight game road winless streak for Columbus and marked their first come-from-behind victory this season.
The loss was just the second home defeat for the Impact this season and left them 0-2-1 against the Crew, as they had previously lost 2-0 in Columbus on June 15 and the squads had tied on April 14, 1-1.
The Impact travel to San Jose for a Tuesday match in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament, although there's a good chance that many of their veterans will stay at home.
They then play next Saturday at 2 p.m. at Saputo Stadium, when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps (10-10-7) a team desperate to get a playoff berth. The games are part of a five-games-in-15-day sequence for the Impact.