Marco Di Vaio scored two goals to lead Montreal to a 5-0 home win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night that pushed the Impact to the top of the Eastern Conference standings in MLS.
Di Vaio and Felipe Martins scored minutes apart in the first half to put Montreal up by two. Jeb Brovsky made it 3-0 in the 58th minute and Di Vaio finished off a two-man break on a pass from Patrice Bernier for his fourth goal in two games. Andrea Pisanu added his first MLS goal in stoppage time.
Montreal won its third straight at Saputo Stadium and improved to 12-7-5. With 41 points, the Impact are 2 ahead of Sporting Kansas City and New York.
Houston (10-8-6) lost for just the second time in its last seven MLS games (4-2-1).
Di Vaio opened the scoring with his 14th goal in the 35th minute. The 37-year-old Italian striker took a pass from Justin Mapp and shifted from his right foot to put a left-footed shot into the top left corner of the net.
Martins made it 2-0 in the 37th minute when he paused to curl a shot around Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie and inside the right post.
Brovsky scored his second goal of the season off a corner kick by Hernan Bernardello. Dynamo captain Brad Davis headed the kick, but it went to Brovsky who put it home from the right post.
Bernier’s unselfish play made it a four-goal lead as he drove in with Di Vaio and passed to his left for Di Vaio to put home his 15th goal.
Real Salt Lake 4, Crew 0 — Kyle Beckerman had two goals, rookie forward Devon Sandoval and Luis Gil also scored, and Real Salt Lake (13-8-6) rolled in Sandy, Utah, to stay atop the MLS standings with 45 points.
Gil’s goal was Salt Lake’s 47th of the season, breaking the franchise record of 46 set in 2012. Beckerman gave the team No. 48 right before the end of the second half.
Galaxy 1, Whitecaps 0 — Landon Donovan scored in the third minute and Los Angeles held off host Vancouver for its fifth straight win. Donovan’s fourth goal in the last three matches helped the Galaxy (12-9-4) secure sole possession of second place in the Western Conference.
The Whitecaps (10-9-6) lost their second straight overall and just their second at home this season.
FC Dallas 2, Earthquakes 2 — At Frisco, Texas, Michel scored on a penalty kick in the 72d minute to lift FC Dallas into a draw. Blas Perez also scored for Dallas (9-7-10), which moved into fifth place in the West.
San Jose (9-10-7) had won four of its previous five matches.
Toronto FC 1, United 1 — At Washington, Bobby Convey scored in the 60th minute to notch his first goal for Toronto (4-12-9) and create the tie.
Dwayne De Rosario also scored against his former team, giving United (3-17-5) the lead with a long-range strike in the 10th minute.
Thorns 3, FC Kansas City 2 — At Overland, Park, Kan., Allie Long scored in the 103d minute as Portland advanced to the inaugural NWSL championship game next Saturday.
The Thorns trailed, 2-0, at halftime.
Western New York 2, Sky Blue FC 0 — Carli Lloyd had two goals, the last coming in second-half stoppage time in Rochester, N.Y., and the Flash earned the right to host Portland in the league title game.