Sep 15, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT
Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio could become the first MLS Golden Boot winner to immediately retire. Family issues are tugging at the 37-year-old, and the stories broke this week that revealed how he would like to be back in Italy and closer to his loved ones.
At the moment, he’s still in the lead for Major League Soccer’s 18th Golden Boot. Di Vaio slipped in amongst the Columbus Crew tall trees, although his goal couldn’t keep the Impact from losing a game they shouldn’t have lost, 2-1 to visiting Columbus, and dropping position in the Eastern Conference race. Here’s his goal from Stade Saputo:
That was No. 18 for the season, and in a lot of MLS years, that would be sufficient to seal the deal on Golden Boot. In fact, in 10 MLS seasons that would be good enough to share the league lead, at least.
But it might not be in 2013 because Di Vaio cannot shake one man: Chicago’s Mike Magee. Magee hit No. 16, helping set the stage for midfielder Alex to come off the bench for the big game-winner. Chicago’s 3-2 win at Toyota Park just outside the city was massive in helping re-order the muddle of teams still in the Eastern Conference jostle.
Here’s Magee’s latest as he pursues Di Vaio for the league scoring leadership:
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