Created on Monday, 15 April 2013 Written by AP
MONTREAL (AP) — Under the circumstances, a 1-1 draw was a fitting result for the Montreal Impact in their first game back at Saputo Stadium.
A snow and ice storm late in the week forced the game to be moved from Saturday to Sunday. And then it took the Impact until the second half to find their legs against the Columbus Crew.
Montreal's Marco Di Vaio and the Crew's Domenic Oduro, each with his third of the season, traded goals four minutes apart in the second half.
The Impact looked ready to win when Sanna Nyassi missed a glorious chance, chipping one over the crossbar from inside the penalty area in the final minute.
"In the second half we started figuring out a little more," said midfielder Patrice Bernier. "We created a lot more chances.
"I think we could have got a second goal. It's tough, but at least we showed more energy and we dictated play."
The Impact (4-1-1) remained unbeaten at home (2-0-1), while Columbus (2-1-3) has not lost in four straight.
It was a difficult day all around for the Impact, who had not played in two weeks and then were forced to sit an extra day due to the snow.
An overnight effort to clear the white stuff off the grass included Impact President Joey Saputo and made the pitch at least playable, even if it was a little hard and brown.
Montreal also had assistant Mauro Biello acting as head coach. Marco Schallibaum drew a one-game suspension for being ejected from a 2-0 loss in Kansas City two weeks ago.
Di Vaio took a loose ball after substitute Sanna Nyassi mishandled a pass from Justin Mapp and drove a low shot inside the post in the 68th minute.
The party mood among the 16,584 in the seats was stilled in the 72nd when Oduro pulled down a pass in front of Hassoun Camara and neatly fired it inside the far post.
"It was an amazing goal," said Oduro. "It's one of the goals I'll probably cherish in my MLS life.
"I was happy for my teammates. We played well and they gave me an opportunity to bend a goal like that. I'll try to keep my confidence up and maybe score more goals like that."