Impact 5, Dynamo 0

Marco Di Vaio scored two goals to lead the Montreal Impact to a

5-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.

Di Vaio and Felipe Martins scored minutes apart in the first

half to put Montreal up by two. Jeb Brovsky made it 3-0 in the 58th

minute and Di Vaio finished off a two-man break on a pass from

Patrice Bernier for his fourth goal in two games.

Andrea Pisano added his first Major League Soccer goal and the

Impact won their second in a row, and their third straight at

Saputo Stadium.

Troy Perkins made a diving save on a header two minutes into the

second half.

Montreal improved to 12-7-5 for 41 points in 24 games. However,

the Impact are winless in their last five road games (0-4-1), and

play four of their next six away from home.

”We’re playing in Philadelphia next week and then we’re in

Boston, and Houston later on,” Di Vaio said. ”Those are all teams

that we’re competing with to make the playoffs, so it’s going to be

so important for us to get those points in road games.”

Houston (10-8-6) lost for just the second time in its past seven

MLS games (4-2-1).

”There was a great opportunity for us before the game and we

didn’t play well,” Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall said. ”We didn’t

play well enough to get a draw, not even close enough to get a win,

and when you don’t have a very good performance on the field

against a team of Montreal’s caliber you’re going to get a lot of

goals scored on you.”

Montreal’s Justin Mapp slammed a drive off the crossbar from

inside the top of the 18-yard box 14 minutes into the match.

Di Vaio opened the scoring with his 14th goal in the 35th

minute. The 37-year-old Italian striker took a pass from Mapp and

shifted from his right foot to put a left-footed shot into the top

left corner.

Felipe made it 2-0 in the 37th minute when he paused to curl a

shot around Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie and inside the right

post.

”I thought before I took my shot and I’m happy because the ball

went in,” said Felipe, who celebrated with a samba as his

teammates surrounded him after the goal.

Brovsky scored his second goal of the season off a corner kick

by Hernan Bernardello. Dynamo captain Brad Davis headed the kick,

but it went to Brovsky who put it home from the right post.

”He’s a set-piece master,” Brovsky said of Davis. ”He whips

them in pretty well and he put some good pace on it and that’s why

that far post run is there. If it gets through, you have to be

there. That’s my job and fortunately I was there.”

Bernier’s unselfish play made it a four-goal lead as he drove in

with Di Vaio and passed to his left for Di Vaio to put home his

15th goal.

Andrea Pisanu scored Montreal’s fifth goal in stoppage time.

Impact assistant coach Mauro Biello guided the team in place of

head coach Marco Schallibaum, who served the first game of his

two-game league suspension.

”This was a big game,” Biello said. ”Houston was right behind

us. They’re a good team, a well-coached team. They’re there every

year. They’ve been to the finals the last two seasons.

”They seem to always peak at the right moment so we were

getting them at a moment where they were 4-1-1 in their last six so

it was important. The guys were ready. They knew what was going to

be in front of them and they reacted very well.”

Schallibaum, who has been suspended four times this season,

received an automatic one-game suspension for his ejection from

last Saturday’s 2-1 win over D.C. United.

The Swiss coach was suspended by MLS commissioner Don Garber for

one more game and fined $5,000 Friday ”for his repeated

misbehavior.”