Di Vaio, Arnaud lead Impact past Red Bulls

Marco Di Vaio got his first MLS goal early in the second half

and Davy Arnaud scored two minutes later to lead the Montreal

Impact to a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday


Sanna Nyassi also scored for Montreal (8-13-3), which had lost

its first two meetings with the Red Bulls.

Thierry Henry scored his 11th of the season in the 57th minute

for New York (11-6-5).

Former AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta made his MLS debut for

the Impact and received a rousing ovation when he touched the ball

for the first time. The 36-year-old didn’t disappoint as he took

charge of the defense while shadowing New York’s Henry.

Nesta’s debut drew 19,441 for Saputo Stadium’s first sellout

since the expanded stadium reopened in June.

Di Vaio got the Impact on the scoreboard in the 48th minute,

scoring in his eighth MLS match. Felipe Martins, who had three

assists, slid a pass to Justin Mapp, who slipped the ball to Di

Vaio on the left side, giving the veteran time to tee up and fire a

low shot past Bill Gaudette for the opening goal.

Arnaud made it 2-0 in the 50th as Martins send Arnaud in alone

to score on a low shot.

Henry eluded Nesta with the Impact calling for an offside call

and got the ball alone on the right side to flip over Donovan


Nyassi sealed the win with his fourth goal in the 75th minute

after he took a pass from DiVaio and converted from the left


Both teams had chances in the first half. Ricketts bobbled

Henry’s free kick and saw Markus Holgersson shoot the rebound over

the bar in the 12th minute.

Gaudette, who played for Montreal in the NASL last season,

stopped Mapp in alone and later blocked a point blank attempt from


The best chance went to New York’s scoring ace Kenny Cooper, who

forced Ricketts into a diving save off a corner kick in the 34th


New York’s Dax McCarty received his fifth yellow card and will

sit out the Red Bulls’ next match at Houston.