Impact beat Union to solidify playoff spot

Marco Di Vaio scored his 20th goal of the season, defender Karl
Ouimette headed in his first career goal and the Montreal Impact
took a big step toward making the MLS playoffs with a 2-1 victory
over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

The Impact (14-12-7), who ended a six-game winless run, are
solidly in playoff position going into their final regular-season
game in Toronto.

Fabinho scored in the first half for Philadelphia (12-11-10),
which began the day in a three-way tie with Montreal and Chicago
for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

”This was a playoff game without the playoffs,” Philadelphia
coach John Hackworth said. ”Both of us had to win. We did a good
job in the first half, but we couldn’t finish it off.”

Di Vaio became the 11th player in MLS history to score 20 goals
in a season.

The 21-year-old Ouimette, an Impact academy product from
Repentigny, headed in the winner in the 84th minute.

”It felt magical,” Ouimette said. ”There are no words. I put
it in and everyone was jumping on me.”