Marco Di Vaio’s 20th goal in an increasingly special season around Stade Saputo this year did a couple of things:
First, and most importantly, it was the critical equalizer Saturday at Stade Saputo against Philadelphia. And without the equalizer, Montreal would not have been in position to claim the late game-winner … a goal that will go a long way to getting Marco Schallibaum’s team into the 2013 playoffs.
Montreal’s 2-1 win over the Union did not clinch a playoff spot, but it left the Impact men in a much better place than when they arrived into Stade Saputo early Saturday afternoon.
Both Impact goals were vital in helping Montreal shake the pitiful funk that has dragged down the team lately at home; the Impact had lost three in a row at Stade Saputo going into Saturday’s important contest, one with lots of playoff implications.
More on the match later. For now we can wonder: Was this the goal that gives Marco Di Vaio the MLS Golden Boot? It was No. 20 this year for the Italian veteran.
Chicago’s Mike Magee has two contests left to pull even; he is one back, with 19 goals. Vancouver’s Camilo is two behind the pace with 18 goals. He has two matches remaining, as well.
Remember, we told you before that 20-goal seasons in MLS are pretty special animals, not very common at all.
As you think about that, enjoy Di Vaio’s 20th on a pretty special season that he has assembled around Stade Saputo: