Impact climb to potential playoff spot
"Je suis tres content."
Flashing his improving french language skill in his post-game news conference, Jesse Marsch is clearly happy the Impact overcame more adversity to win their 4th in a row and 5th straight at Saputo Stadium.
The unlikely underdog team knocked off the MLS' best San Jose Earthquakes 3-1, after falling behind 1-0 on a mystery penalty call in the 23rd minute allowing Golden Boot leader Wondolowski to fire his 18th goal of the season.
Lenhart of San Jose' and defender Hassoun Camara for Montreal were red-carded, but that seemed to hurt the Earthquakes even if it didn't help Montreal.
The Impact adjusted by moving Davy Arnaud to the backline, while Felipe and Di Vaio continued to build their chemistry. Felipe' earned the assist on Di Vaio's game-tying goal on a play started by a perfect cross to the young Brazilian.
Patrice Bernier stutter-stepped then killed the Earthquakes softly for his team-leading 7th goal on a penalty kick after Di Vaio was hauled down for the insurance goal in the 72nd minute.
Lamar Neagle fired his second goal of the season for the gamewinner at the 61st, Bernier earning an assist for some dazzling ball-control on the setup.
Troy Perkins made some key stops early in his home debut for the Impact, but had no chance on the controversial penalty that snapped the Impact's team shutout streak at 235 minutes.
Listen to Di Vaio, Neagle, and defender Jeb Brovsky who was also solid in the absence of the injured Nesta and the suspended Rivas.