Pending Sunday's fixture between the New York Red Bulls and Chivas USA, the Montreal Impact temporarily regained first place in the Eastern conference Saturday, after Marco Di Vaio scored two goals for the Impact in a 5-0 rout over the Houston Dynamo.
Di Vaio now leads the league with 15 goals, one more than forwards Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Mike Magee (Chicago Fire).
“There was a period where I wasn’t scoring, but now physically and mentally I feel better and it’s showing on the field,” said Di Vaio in Italian. “I also think the team is playing a lot better as well”.
Di Vaio explained that the switch of formation to the 4-4-1-1, with Felipe sitting behind him, has worked well, and that the Impact are playing some of their better soccer of the season because of it.
Felipe has had limited opportunities to play behind Di Vaio in an attacking midfield position, but admitted that that’s where he’s at his very best.
“I think everyone knows that’s where I like to play. In the beginning I didn’t have a chance to play there but my performances on the field speak for themselves," Felipe told Goal. "Last year Di Vaio and I did really well, and it’s great that we’re starting to click again.
The Impact will take to the road for their next two games and Di Vaio hopes that the team will be able to continue on this positive vein of form even away from home where the Impact have struggled to secure points for most of their sophomore season in MLS.
"There's ten games left and we want to make the playoffs and finish as high as we can in the standings," Di Vaio said. "But now we have to go back on the road for two more games, and playing away from home has been our Achilles' heel. We need to be able to put in complete performances, like we did tonight.