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MONTREAL -- If there is a team in MLS that gives the Montreal Impact headaches, it is the Columbus Crew. Cheap New Balance Wholesale . The Impact looked to be cruising to a win after Marco Di Vaios Major League Soccer-leading 18th goal in the 23rd minute when the crafty Federico Higuain went to work, setting up a pair of second-half goals in the Crews 2-1 comeback victory on Saturday afternoon. Defender Chad Marshall and striker Dominic Oduro scored for Columbus (10-14-5), which has been a thorn in Montreals side this season. The Crew, who handed the Impact only their second home loss of the season, won the season series with Montreal 2-0-1, taking five of six points at Saputo Stadium. Impact coach Marco Schallibaum uses the French term "bete noire" to describe Columbus, which his players know means nemesis. "Its football -- you always have a bete noire," said Schallibaum. "Its very hard to explain." This one was straightforward. The Impact wasted several chances to make it a 2-0 game, and pushed so hard for a second goal that they left themselves open for talent like Higuain to make them pay. The first was a smartly curled free kick that found Marshalls head on the left side of the penalty area in the 66th minute to tie the game. The second came after Justin Mapp lost the ball in the midfield and Higuain sent a perfect pass that the onrushing Oduro got a toe on in the 79th. "Its difficult to explain, but every time we play against Columbus its a difficult game for us," said Impact defender Matteo Ferrari. "We started well. "In the second half, we were in control and also had some chances. It was important to score the second goal and we didnt. They got the second goal with a mistake in the midfield and then it was difficult to come back." The game-winner was Oduros 10th of the season, including one in each game against Montreal. "It looks like I have their number, but at the end of the day, we just played well," said Oduro. "We wanted to get a result and we did. We played well and made it happen." Montreal (13-8-6), which entered the day in a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference, ended a four-game unbeaten run with a game they should have had salted away by the intermission. The Impact got the early lead Patrice Bernier lofted a pass over the penalty area to Ferrari, who headed into the middle for Di Vaio to nod in for his seventh goal in the last five games. But Mapp was stopped from point blank by Matt Lampson in the opening minutes, captain Davy Arnaud just missed converting a Di Vaio pass, Felipe Martins froze on a chance from close range, Di Vaio wasted one when he cut left instead of shooting, and Jeb Brovsky was stopped by a diving save at the end of the half. Di Vaio had another chance early in the second half, but was stopped. "I dont think they were hungrier than us, I just think our focus was maybe too much on getting the second goal and we didnt do a good enough job covering space when we were going forward," said midfielder Collen Warner. It was a game they were counting on to win. Schallibaum started his first 11, not saving any veterans for a key CONCACAF Champions League game in San Jose on Tuesday night. "Its very disappointing," said Arnaud. "I thought we created a ton of chances. "We could have put the game out of reach. We talked before the game about how dangerous they are on set pieces and it hurt us because they got back in the game on a set piece." It all added up to another setback against Columbus, a team that lost eight of 11 games before making a coaching change on Sept. 2. Interim coach Brian Bliss has two wins and a loss since taking over. Now the Crew hope to put a streak together to try to climb back into the playoff hunt. They are on the tail of Chicago, Houston and England for fifth place and final a post-season berth. "This was critical to our goal of getting a playoff spot," said Bliss. "Now weve put some pressure on some teams that are ahead of us." Montreal resumes league play Saturday against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps. New Balance Shoes On Sale . - Veteran Kings defenceman Robyn Regehr, sidelined since Game 1 of the Anaheim series, says hes close to returning. Wholesale New Balance Shoes . The Brazilian driver had the second-best time in last months tests at Jerez and said the "good start" could play to his advantage when the season gets underway in Australia in March. . Even that couldnt slow them down against the New Orleans Hornets. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 31 points apiece and the Thunder overcame injuries to two key backups to beat New Orleans 101-93 Monday night for their 10th straight home win.Ita€?s must-win time for the Vancouver Whitecaps, as the club finds itself two points out of the final playoff spot in the MLS Western Conference heading into tonighta€?s match in Seattle. TSN1410 prematch coverage begins at 5:00, Pete Schaad and David Norman have the call at 7:00. The Whitecaps have won their past two matches after managing just three wins in a 14-match stretch from July to September, and find themselves two points back of Portland for the final playoff spot in the West with three matches to go. The Timbers jumped past Vancouver with a 3-0 win over San Jose on Wednesday. As a result, the Whitecaps (10-8-13) need to beat Seattle (19-9-3) in a place where the MLS-best Sounders have been very good this year. Seattle has lost just once at Century Link Field since the end of March, and is unbeaten at home in its past six matches. But the Whitecaps are past the stage of worrying about what their opponent might do. Carl Robinsona€?s team cannot afford to drop points at this stage of the season. We are running out of games, and its important that we respond appropriately the next upcoming games, Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson told reporters. New Balance Shoes Outlet. We know we have a massive game against Seattle. Those are the games you want to play in. They are big games, and obviously the Cascadia Cup is on the line and we want to win. We will go there full of confidence, but it will be a tough game. If you play in England, you probably want to go and play at Old Trafford,a€? Robinson said. a€?If you play in Spain, you want to play at Real Madrid. And if you play in Germany you want to play at Bayern Munich. Wea€?ll be playing in front of 50-odd-thousand. Fantastic support, fantastic stadium, fantastic team. Theya€?re competing with LA most years for the Supportersa€? Shield, so we cana€?t ask any more.a€? Vancouvera€?s wins over Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas are the first back-to-back wins for the club since May. But the Caps have also struggled lately on the road, losing their past three away from home. The Whitecaps will be without midfielder Sebastian Fernandez and forward Darren Mattocks. Fernandez is serving a one-match suspension for yellow-card accumulation, while Mattocks in on international duties with the Jamaican National Team. ' ' '

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