Marco Di Vaio

MLS Snapshot: Montreal Impact 1-1 DC United

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One game in 100 words: Given the fact that DC United contended for the Supporters Shield at one point this season, while the Montreal has been one of Major League Soccer’s worst teams, it’s easy to applaud the effort that the Impact put forth in this match. They looked like the better squad in the first-half, holding DC to few legitimate scoring opportunities and grabbing the first goal of the match. But as has been their issue during the regular season, Frank Klopas’ crew had difficulty retaining the quality of their performance for the entire 90 minutes, and in classic United fashion, capitalization at a significant time served them well.

 

Goals

Montreal: Marco Di Vaio 26’

D.C. United: Fabian Espindola 86’

 

Three moments that mattered

26’ — Vintage Di Vaio — Montreal midfielder Dilly Duka took advantage of a miss-aimed forward pass from D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell, and Italian veteran Marco Di Vaio, who’s set to officially retire since the Impact’s season has concluded, edged toward the box and sprinted to the near post once he received the pass. Outrunning United’s back line, the classic collected close-range finish from the striker gave the East’s last-place squad the first-half advantage.

86’ — Espindola equalizes — He took Samuel Inkoom’s layoff outside the box, and Fabian Espindola, DC United’s key offensive attacker this year, took it upon himself to tie the match in the late stages of the match. He made a bold diagonal run across the edge of the penalty area, avoiding the legs of multiple United players before rocketing a left-footed, cross-body shot that somehow skidded into the back of the net past goalkeeper Evan Bush, shocking the crowd at Stade Saputo.

13’ — Iron denies Issey Nakajima-Farran — Waiting on the outskirts of the United’s box, Nakajima-Farran received a back pass from Di Vaio and knew exactly what he was going to do with the space available to him, uncorking a deep attempt that dipped and slid off the top of the crossbar. DC goalie Bill Hamid dove frantically to his left, but luckily for him, the endeavor couldn’t find twine. This sequence signified the great start Montreal had captured in the competition’s opening minutes.

 

Lineups

Montreal: Evan Bush; Eric Miller, Karl Ouimette, Wandrille Lefevre, Maxim Tissot (Krzysztof  Krol 59’); Patrice Bernier, Calum Mallace, Andres Romero, Dilly Duka (Jack McInerney 74’), Issey Nakajima-Farran; Marco Di Vaio

D.C. United: Bill Hamid; Sean Franklin (Samuel Inkoom 65’), Bobby Boswell, Steve Birnbaum, Chris Korb; Nick DeLeon, Jared Jeffrey (Lewis Neal 62’), Perry Kitchen, Collin Martin (David Estrada 81’); Fabian Espindola, Eddie Johnson

PST’s MLS Player of the Week: Comme il se termine pour Montréal

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Oh, there were candidates, but could any of them top the Roman when it came down to it?

Marco Di Vaio’s classy brace in his penultimate home match for the Montreal Impact was splendid and emblematic of the player who’s become a hero in Montreal.

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But would it be enough to edge out an outstanding defender, flashy midfielder and engine room spark plug for the honor of PST’s Major League Soccer player of the week?

Your nominees

The defenders: Matt Hedges was terrific for FC Dallas. The hard-edged, big Rochester native earned his living against the Galaxy to help ensure the club’s eighth-straight home win. And it just may surprise you how good he’s been in the advanced stats metrics provided by Squawka, as he’s sandwiched between two very recognizable names.

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For the record, it’s remarkable that Hedges was barely the best back-line force over the weekend, and Vancouver’s Kendall Waston was instrumental in the ‘Caps pulling off the Cascadia Cup road win over Seattle.

The midfielders: Diego Valeri continues to amaze for the Timbers, and the Argentine midfielder’s latest brace came at a great time as Portland finished off two wins in two games against San Jose. He consistently provides both flash and substance for Portland.

But as good as Valeri was, Justin Meram might’ve topped him. Meram rattled a shot off the crossbar and was a dominating presence well before he stumbled onto a loose ball in the Crew’s lightning-quick comeback to beat Philadelphia. Bananas, I say:

The winner: Try as they might, though, neither of those four were able to bring the fire the way Marco Di Vaio did against a strong New England team. Di Vaio’s intelligent runs were matched by clinical shooting as the retiring Montreal star again made a big impact in Quebec.

The 12th minute brought a long diagonal ball to Di Vaio, and the striker smoked it into the goal. He proved yet again it wasn’t simply power that get him goals in the XXth minute when he got on the end of another diagonal ball and rolled it home.

He finished the game with five shots, three on goal and PST’s MLS player of the week award.

VIDEO: Nguyen’s wonder-scoop goal sends Revolution to playoffs in style

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Your move, again, Robbie Keane.

New England midfielder Lee Nguyen made another bid for the MVP award with a thrilling equalizer on Saturday.

Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio scored two great goals via clinical finishes to give the home fans another nice parting gift, but Kelyn Rowe and Nguyen made sure New England escaped Quebec with a playoff berth in tow after a 2-2 draw at Stade Saputo.

Check out this goal from the Revs would-be MLS MVP to tie the score at 2. If Graham Zusi’s playoff-clinching strike set the stage on Friday, Nguyen brought the house down.

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Taking a feed from Scott Caldwell in traffic, Nguyen half-scooped, half-chipped Impact keeper Evan Bush. It’s gorgeous stuff.

Impact owner Joey Saputo: Retired Di Vaio to serve as ‘ambassador’ to MLS club

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Montreal Impact star Marco Di Vaio has come forward to officially reveal his intentions for next season, as the Designated Player will retire after a soccer career spanning two decades.

The striker’s skill was automatically put on display in America, as he buried 31 goals in 72 regular season competitions and currently stands as the Impact’s all-time leading scorer. He helped Montreal to multiple Canadian championships and allowed them to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.

Di Vaio told reporters that he family will be present at his final game. He also revealed that he will begin his post-soccer existence in his home country, Italy.

“On the 25th, it’s the last game,” he said. “I’ll go back to Italy and start a new life. We’ll see. I don’t know what’s coming for me in Italy, but I want to make the most of those last moments and contribute on the field. … Right now, I’m not thinking about what’s going to happen after the 25th.”

Nonetheless, his ties to MLS and the Montreal look to remain strong, according to Impact owner Joey Saputo.

“Marco will be a very important ally for us to develop Canadian and Québécois soccer,” Saputo said on Friday, via MLSsoccer.com. “He’ll be an ambassador. He knows the club, the city, the North American style of play. He can be relied on to advise us on other players in the future.”

And Di Vaio has great hopes for the future of the league.

“This is the future. MLS is the future of soccer,” Di Vaio said. “I’m sure that in the next few years, a lot of great players will come to play in MLS. We are ready to be one of the best leagues in the world.”

Another one gone: Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio announces his retirement

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Brilliant Montreal attacker Marco Di Vaio has ended the speculation on his future by announcing his retirement from professional soccer, effective at the end of this season.

The 22-year veteran made the announcement with just four more dates left on his dance card: Sunday in Chicago, Oct. 18 in Toronto and a pair of home dates with New England (Oct. 11) and DC United (Oct. 25).

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Di Vaio, 38, has scored 31 goals in three seasons with the Impact and will retire as the franchise’s leader in MLS goals and shots.

From impactmontreal.com:

“After a 20-year career, I am pleased to announce that I will be retiring in Montreal as a member of the Impact,” declared Marco Di Vaio. “I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished over two decades as a pro. It was a dream of mine to play at the highest level and I will look to make the best of my final month as a player.”

Il bomber became the club’s first ever Designated Player on May 24, 2012, joining the bleu-blanc-noir as one of the most storied goal scorers in the history of first division soccer in Italy, with 142 goals in 342 games played in Serie A, with Lazio, Bari, Salernitana, Parma, Juventus, Genoa and Bologna.

We overuse the word era a lot, but it will certainly feel that way without Di Vaio up north.