Marco Di Vaio 3, Philadelphia Union 1. The first 45 minutes of the game had the 36 year old Italian striker's fingerprints all over it, as he netted a hat trick in just 32 minutes.
His first goal would come in the second minute, as he would blast a Andrew Wenger cross past Zac MacMath to open the scoring. Both Jeff Parke and Amobi Okugo would follow Dennis Iapichino deep into the Union's box, leaving Di Vaio open right in the middle to net his 6th goal of the year.
Philadelphia would knot the game at one quickly, and it would come off none other than the foot of Jack McInerney. A long feed into the box from Sheanon Williams eventually fell to Michael Farfan, who fed McInerney for an easy goal. It would be the 9th of the season for the 20 year-old, who had just eight in all contests last season. After being left on the bench in favor of Keon Daniel for a handful of games, Farfan has looked strong offensively. His passing has been keen, and he's been incredibly effective making runs up the right sideline as well.
However, the Union would say arrivederci to their lead rather quickly, as Di Vaio would net his second goal in the 28th minute, and it was likely one of the easier goals he's had in his 20 year career. Di Vaio was able to cut in behind an inattentive Sheanon Williams, and finished a perfectly timed Justin Mapp service from point blank range. Each time the Union's back line blundered, Montreal was right there to capitalize.
They'd take care of another easy opportunity in the 32nd minute.
Andres Romero would make a strong run up the left side, breaking down Sheanon Williams before delivering a cross to a back post cutting Di Vaio. A little to easy for a world class player.
Montreal's third goal would be at the fault of Parke & Okugo; the two shifted too far to the right, forcing left back Ray Gaddis to cover the middle and leaving Di Vaio by his lonesome.
Philadelphia took the risk of dumping defenders Gabriel Farfan and Bakary Soumare with the belief that Williams, Okugo, Parke, and Gaddis could hold down the fort. They've proven the exact opposite. There's a serious lack of communication, and no player has stepped up to take the vocal role formerly occupied by Carlos Valdes and Danny Califf before them. The lack of cohesiveness and contact between the four men has doomed the team for whenever they play an offensive powerhouse like Montreal.
Despite the game being utterly dominated by Montreal, Philadelphia was able to hang around. Antoine Hoppenot, brought on as a substitute in place of Danny Cruz, would net his first goal of the 2013 campaign in the 69th minute. Working along the right sideline, what was seemingly a cross carried over Montreal keeper Troy Perkins to make it 3-2.Even after Lancaster native Andrew Wenger would send home a header off a corner kick to make it 4-2, the Union hung around. Now moved to the midfield, a rather quiet Sebastien Le Toux was able to take one touch, and then drive a low shot far post to make it 4-3.
It was just Le Toux's second goal of the season, and if this team has postseason plans, he'll need to become more of a constant factor in the Union's offense.
But as Philadelphia pressed hard for a late equalizer, they were subsequently vulnerable to easy offensive opportunities from Montreal. In the 94th and final minute, Blake Smith would score the Impact's fifth and final goal of the evening.
It was the most goals the Union have allowed in franchise history.
After 4-1 destruction at the hands of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Saturday's night dismantling, one is left to wonder why Philadelphia chose to trade Soumare and Farfan.
It's a question Union management may fear they'll be asking themselves soon enough.