By BRYAN ROBISON
The Montreal Impact finished their astounding August in style, defeating D.C. United 3-0, to finish the month 4-0. The win, their fifth in a row, and sixth consecutive victory at Stade Saputo, pulled the Impact within a point of fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. At 39 points, the Impact sit one point away from D.C. United and the final playoff spot.
The loss was the fifth consecutive loss on the road for United, as they have struggled all season away from RFK Stadium this season, registering just ten points all season on the road. While Montreal is one point behind, United does have three games in hand.
Patrice Bernier stole the show for the Canadian squad, as the Quebec native had a hand in all three goals, tallying an assist and two goals of his own. This came against a D.C. United roster that was missing both Dwayne de Rosario and Chris Pontius from the starting lineup, as coach Ben Olsen held both out of the first half in order to give his stars some rest.
Bernier did it himself to open the second half, as Montreal earned a penalty kick in the 50th minute, after United defender Emiliano Dudar brought down Montreal's Collen Warner. Bernier stepped up for his sixth attempt from the spot on the year, and converted for the sixth time. Montreal has converted all nine attempts in 2012.
After De Rosario and Pontius came onto the field, United began to turn the pressure on, but it was too late. In the dying moments, if Montreal had not already iced the game, Bernier made certain of it, as he knocked in his second goal of the match to put Montreal up 3-0.
Here are the match highlights:
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