Nesta calms down back-4, Di Vaio breaks out up front
Under a cloud of controversy drifting over from Italy, Marco Di Vaio gave the media the silent treatment on the eve of the Impact game against the New York Red Bulls. Thankfully the veteran Italian striker let his foot do the talking.
"He wasn't easy...I did nothing...I'm not worried," Di Vaio said in french after the game, asked about his name coming up in an Italian soccer federation report on a match-fixing scandal. Some reports suggest the veteran Italian scoring hero did not rat out his captain, who is the alleged ringleader back in Bologna.
Di Vaio scored his first MLS goal early in the 2nd half to break open a 0-0 game to that point and later added an assist in a 3-1 win over Thierry Henry's squad that had won the 2 previous games againts Montreal.
Alessandro Nesta debuted in MLS in hopes of shutting down Thierry Henry, who scored his first MLS hat-trick against the Impact this spring. Mission accomplished: Henry was held without a shot on goal in the opening half and while he did break the shutout bid of Donovan Ricketts to close to within 2-1 after Davy Arnaud had scored for the Impact as well, it was mostly a night of frustration for the great striker.
Coach Jesse Marsch on the Lester's Deli Coach's Report live on CJAD after the game said he expected Nesta to be a difference-maker.
"He brings leadership...understanding...he's one of the most real guys I've been around."
The Impact return to CJAD 800 Saturday August 4th right after Abe Hefter hosts "THE LOCKER ROOM" at 6PM.