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Columbus Crew
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Saturday, September 14, 20132:00 PM
Stade SaputoMLS Regular SeasonCloudyMLS LIVEAttendance: 20210

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 78'CLBDominic Oduro
  • Federico Higuaín
 66'CLBChad Marshall
  • Federico Higuaín
 23'MTLMarco Di Vaio
  • Matteo Ferrari
  • Patrice Bernier
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 77'MTL Felipe MartinsFoul
 62'CLB Tony TchaniFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 86'CLB
Justin Meram (F)
Bernardo Anor (M)
 84'CLB
Kevan George (M)
Tony Tchani (M)
 82'MTL
Sanna Nyassi (M)
Collen Warner (M)
 79'MTL
Daniele Paponi (F)
Felipe Martins (M)
 75'CLB
Ethan Finlay (F)
Jairo Arrieta (F)
 71'MTL
Andrés Romero (F)
Davy Arnaud (M)

Starting Formations

1Perkins6Camara14Nesta13Ferrari5Brovsky18Warner8Bernier21Mapp7Felipe Martins22Arnaud9Di VaioM3135151130335528Lampson21Barson14Marshall2Wahl24Viana11Oduro20Trapp6Tchani7Anor33Higuaín25ArrietaM891323172640RAA4

Lineups

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Montreal Impact
1GTroy Perkins
6DHassoun Camara
14DAlessandro Nesta
13DMatteo Ferrari
5DJeb Brovsky
18MCollen Warner
8MPatrice Bernier
21MJustin Mapp
7MFelipe Martins
22MDavy Arnaud
9FMarco Di Vaio
Columbus Crew
28GMatt Lampson
21DChad Barson
14DChad Marshall
2DTyson Wahl
24DAgustin Viana
11MDominic Oduro
20MWill Trapp
6MTony Tchani
7MBernardo Anor
33FFederico Higuaín
25FJairo Arrieta
Bench
31Andrea Pisanu
35Daniele Paponi
15Andrés Romero
11Sanna Nyassi
30Evan Bush
33Andrew Wenger
55Wandrille Lefevre
 
8Matías Sánchez
9Justin Meram
13Ethan Finlay
23Kevan George
17Ben Speas
26Ryan Finley
40Daniel Withrow
Managers
  Marco Schällibaum
 
  Brian Bliss
OFFICIALS

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RefereeBaldomero Toledo  
Assistant RefereePhill Briere  
Assistant RefereeMatthew Nelson  
Fourth OfficialFotis Bazakos  
Saturday, September 14, 2013
2:00 PM
Stade Saputo
MLS LIVE

MONTREAL – The Columbus Crew are officially back in the playoff hunt.

After falling behind on Marco Di Vaio's 18th goal of the season, an inspired Federico Higuain provided the assists on second-half goals by Chad Marshall and Dominic Oduro as the Crew notched an improbable 2-1 comeback win against the Montreal Impact, who were at the top of the Eastern Conference entering the weekend.

Columbus snapped two streaks in the process: Montreal’s six-game home unbeaten streak and their own seven-game road losing streak. The Crew also moved just two points from the fifth and final playoff spot occupied by the New England Revolution entering the slate of Saturday league matches.

After a nervy opening 15 minutes during which the Crew assumed the initiative and missed a great breakaway opportunity, Montreal recovered and settled into a rhythm, maintaining steady pressure on the visitors.

Two solid Impact scoring chances inside the box went begging in the 18th and 21st minutes, but Di Vaio made no mistake in the 23rd minute. A Justin Mapp short corner made its way into the six-yard box, where an onrushing Di Vaio made a run between two Crew defenders to score his first headed goal in MLS and his league-leading 18th of the season.

Montreal then tried to punish the Crew with slick movement and interchanging play, with fullbacks Jeb Brovsky and Hassoun Camara both pushing forward into the attack. But Di Vaio, Patrice Bernier and Davy Arnaud were all denied by Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson and his back four.

The start of the second half failed to captivate and the Crew failed to threaten the Impact goal until the 66th minute. Higuain curled a free kick roughly 35 meters away from goal to the far post, where Marshall outjumped Camara and crashed his header past Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins.

Oduro then shocked the Stade Saputo crowd with his 10th of the season in the 78th minute. Higuain cleverly got past right back Camara and, with the outside of his right foot, flicked a through pass to Oduro. One-on-one against Perkins, Oduro took a subtle first-time touch and watched the ball trickle into the Montreal net for the stunning game-winner.

The Crew will be back in Columbus next Saturday, September 21, when they face the Chicago Fire, while the Impact will be home as well, hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps. But a CONCACAF Champions League encounter at San Jose Earthquakes awaits them first this Tuesday, September 17.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Federico Higuain The two-match suspension may have served him well, because Higuain looked fresh and inspired. Assisted both goals and factored in the Crew's strong start to the match.
2 Tony Tchani Central midfield has been a problem area for the Crew, but they might finally have the partnership that works. Tchani was at his best: keeping the ball moving, winning fouls and taking shots from outside.
3 Felipe Martins Marco Di Vaio scored again, but Felipe was the primary attacking menace in the first half. Like the rest of the Impact, he was non-existent in the 2nd half.