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Philadelphia Union
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Final
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Montreal Impact
MTL
Saturday, March 29, 20144:00 PM
PPL ParkMLS Regular SeasonRainMLS LIVE,6abc,TVA SportsAttendance: 15691

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 80'MTLMarco Di Vaio
  • Justin Mapp
 35'PHIVincent Nogueira
  • Jack McInerney
  • Brian Carroll
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 76'MTL Andrew WengerSerious Foul
 65'MTL Matteo FerrariFoul
 48'PHI FabinhoFoul
 36'MTL Collen WarnerFoul
 26'MTL Hassoun CamaraFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 87'MTL
Karl Ouimette (D)
Felipe Martins (M)
 82'PHI
Antoine Hoppenot (F)
Sebastien Le Toux (M)
 74'MTL
Patrice Bernier (M)
Collen Warner (M)
 71'PHI
Conor Casey (F)
Jack McInerney (F)
 60'MTL
Andrew Wenger (F)
Andrés Romero (M)
 57'PHI
Leonardo Fernandes (F)
Cristián Maidana (M)

Starting Formations

18MacMath28Gaddis14Okugo12Wheeler33Fabinho7Carroll21Edu11Le Toux5Nogueira10Maidana9McInerneyM6131915292211Perkins3Miller6Camara13Ferrari44Pearce23Bernardello18Warner21Mapp7Felipe Martins15Romero9Di VaioM853033341929RAA4

Lineups

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Philadelphia Union
18GZac MacMath
28DRaymon Gaddis
14DAmobi Okugo
12DAaron Wheeler
33DFabinho
7MBrian Carroll
21MMaurice Edu
11MSebastien Le Toux
5MVincent Nogueira
10MCristián Maidana
9FJack McInerney
Montreal Impact
1GTroy Perkins
3DEric Miller
6DHassoun Camara
13DMatteo Ferrari
44DHeath Pearce
23MHernán Bernardello
18MCollen Warner
21MJustin Mapp
7MFelipe Martins
15MAndrés Romero
9FMarco Di Vaio
Bench
6Conor Casey
13Michael Lahoud
19Corben Bone
15Ethan White
29Antoine Hoppenot
22Leonardo Fernandes
1Andre Blake
 
8Patrice Bernier
5Jeb Brovsky
30Evan Bush
33Andrew Wenger
34Karl Ouimette
19Blake Smith
29Santiago González
Managers
  John Hackworth
 
  Frank Klopas
OFFICIALS

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RefereeEdvin Jurisevic  
Assistant RefereeFrank Anderson  
Assistant RefereeMark Cahen  
Fourth OfficialDaniel Fitzgerald  
Saturday, March 29, 2014
4:00 PM
PPL Park
MLS LIVE,6abc,TVA Sports

CHESTER, Pa. – On a rainy, miserable Saturday afternoon for soccer at PPL Park, Marco Di Vaio’s first goal of the 2014 season, and the Montreal Impact’s first shot on target of the match, turned a strong performance and would-be victory by the Philadelphia Union into a 1-1 draw.

Di Vaio, a 20-goalscorer in 2013, returned to Montreal’s lineup after serving a three-game suspension and generated nine shots in his 90 minutes of action.

For the Union, Vincent Nogueira’s 35th-minute goal – his first in MLS – appeared as though it would hold up until Di Vaio’s 80th-minute stunner. The draw snapped Montreal’s (0-3-1, 1 point) three-match losing streak to begin the year while Philadelphia (1-1-2, 5 points) are now winless in their previous two outings.

Montreal’s goal developed as a result of a remarkable long ball played to Di Vaio by Justin Mapp – arguably the two best players on the pitch for Impact all afternoon. After settling the ball on the near wing, Di Vaio was given time and space before beating Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath to his left.

Four minutes prior to Di Vaio’s first of the year, Lancaster, Pa., native Andrew Wenger was issued a red card by referee Edvin Jurisevic for sliding in dangerously on Nogueira, making Montreal’s goal all the more stunning.

Philadelphia’s lone score came when Union captain Brian Carroll led forward Jack McInerney into the final third. From there, McInerney beat Matteo Ferrari and found Nogueira streaking past his man. The 26-year-old Frenchman then blasted a shot by a helpless Troy Perkins to open his MLS account in style in front of 15,691 water-logged supporters.

It was the third such instance in the first half when John Hackworth’s side broke down Montreal’s left-wing defense. On the first, Nogueira dribbled unimpeded from midfield to the box before missing wide to the far side with McInerney trailing the play.

In the 26th minute, McInerney beat Hassoun Camara and broke toward goal, but Camara placed his right arm on McInerney’s shoulder and pulled him down from behind. Jurisevic showed Camara a yellow on a play that arguably could have prematurely ended the Montreal back’s afternoon.

After a bit of pressure in the opening 10 minutes, Montreal – playing without captain Patrice Bernier – appeared largely out of sorts on defense for the remainder of the first half. The Impact’s inability to sustain pressure carried over to the second half, while Perkins made a sensational save on Maurice Edu in the 60th minute to keep his team within one.

Rain began falling in the Philadelphia area around 10 am and continued throughout the match. Save for a spot in front of the home bench, however, the pitch held up well.

Both team will next be in action on Apr. 5 when Philadelphia visits Chicago and Montreal welcome New York to Stade Olympique.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Aaron Wheeler The converted center back put in a shift full of massive blocks and intelligent defending that shut down Impact attacks.
2 Vincent Nogueira Was all over the field in the first half, attacking and defending, and the goal was his just reward for work well done.
3 Marco Di Vaio Without the goal, this goes to Justin Mapp. But that matters, and the Italian looked like he eventually shook off the rust.