The once seemingly ironclad playoff position of D.C. United is suddenly looking quite precarious. Following their 3-0loss to the Montreal Impact on Saturday, United are clinging to the final playoff position with a one-point lead.
The Impact are the team closest to United, and are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the league having won 7 of 9, but the Columbus Crew were just four points behind with two games in hand. The Crew were playing the New England Revolution later on Saturday. It was only about a month ago that United was challenging for the Eastern Conference lead.
In this game, the Impact jumped out to a first-half lead when Marco Di Vaio was given a wide open chance from about 10 yards out. Di Vaio was kept onside by left back Mike Chabala, who seemed caught in no-man's land. Di Vaio received the pass from Patrice Bernier and calmly pounded it inside the far post.
Bernier finished it off with a stoppage-time goal, dribbling in from around midfield and beating Bill Hamid with an awkward shot. He now has three goals and two assists in his past two games.