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.”