Mirosevic opened the scoring for Columbus in the 64th minute, but the Impact crawled back to win 2-1, ending a three game losing streak and keeping the team in the playoff hunt.
MONTREAL - When Milovan Mirosevic opened the scoring against the Montreal Impact Sunday night at Saputo Stadium, it felt like there would be no way back for the home side. But for the first time this season, the Impact were able to win a match by coming from behind.
More importantly for the expansion side, the win ends a three game losing streak and keeps the team’s playoffs hopes alive. Jesse Marsch said in the postgame press conference that he hopes the comeback win can provide the team with a significant boost for its forthcoming games and be a turning point in Montreal's season.
“I think this can be a bit of a turning point for us, a time in the season where our backs were against the wall and we absolutely responded,” said the head coach. “We just have to keep going, that’s it.”
Impact designated player Marco Di Vaio played the full ninety minutes for the first time this season and, despite not scoring a goal, Marsch said he was pleased with the Italian’s progress.
“We did create a lot, and Marco is really settling in and figuring out how to both be dangerous on the line and also make plays,” said Marsch. “I think that part was great tonight, it was great the way Marco found the game in the second half.”
The match also marked the tenth year that the Impact’s first major fan group, the Ultras, have been supporting the club. The team’s diehard fans provide much of the ambience at Impact home games and defender Jeb Brovsky highlighted the positive impact that the group had on the team’s performance.
“I cant thank them enough, they’re like a 12th man out there for sure,” said Brovsky. “Every time I look up and they light a flare, it fires me up a bit, pun intended.”
Marsch also credited the 15,118 in attendance at Saputo Stadium for playing a role in the win and sticking by the team even when it had gone down a goal.
“Tonight we had a good crowd, they were behind us, and it helped us, it flat out helped us win the game and push at the end,” said Marsch. “I hope we continue to see great crowds here [like] tonight, and this is a team I think people should come out and support because it’s a good group of men.”
The Impact will take two days off and return to training on Wednesday. The team’s next match is against the Philadelphia Union on the road next Saturday.