Giving up the first goal and blowing both 2-1 and 3-2 leads to the visiting Colorado side, Marco Schallibaum’s Montreal Impact suffered it first home loss of the season but maintained its hold on first place in the Eastern Conference.
The home side began strong, fielding what is generally its best 11 with Troy Perkins in goal, a back line of Hassoun Camara, Alessandro Nesta, Matteo Ferrari and Jeb Brovsky, midfielders Andrea Pisanu, Felipe, Patrice Bernier and Andres Romero and topped by forwards Marci Di Vaio and Daniele Paponi.
The Impact attacked early, with midfielders taking turns feeding Di Vaio, but the Italian striker was unable to put one away and would be held off the score sheet for the first time at home this season.
Colorado got out to a lead in the 24th minute on a shot from Atiba Harris, who headed it in from about 10 yards, the former Vancouver Whitecap scoring his sixth of the year off a free kick from fellow midfielder Dillon Powers.
Camara got his second of the season in the 38th minute, drawing Montreal even on his second of the present campaign. Originating with a Felipe corner kick, the ball found Di Vaio in the penalty area and the former Bologna standout had his tip misplayed by a Rapids defender, ending up at the feet of a prone Camara. A first touch elevated the ball slightly and a second drove it into the mesh behind Colorado ‘keeper, Clint Irwin, the former Canadian Soccer League standout.
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