The first half started slowly, with both sides probing for chances.
While the Impact controlled the ball with nearly 60% of the first half possession, the Crew had the better of the chances. THey fired off six shots to Montreal's three. THe Crew's double teaming of playmaker Patrice Bernier shut down Montreal's offensive flow.
Columbus, dangerous on set pieces, had a good chance in the 36th minute as Federico Higuain put a twisting kick into the six yard box. The Impact were unable to clear the ball and Chad third chance Marshall's header went inches wide the post.
The best Crew chance came just minutes later on a smart touch by Eddie Gaven as he was closed down by Alessandro Nesta to free Higuain. The Argentine had a one on one against Troy Perkins, but his chipped shot was stopped by the onrushing 'keeper.
Montreal would turn the game as the second half started. Bernier started finding more space and Justin Mapp would press Josh Williams and the rest of the Crew back line.
The Impact came close in the 55th when a cutback pass from Mapp found Di Vaio. Marshall attacked the ball with a sliding tackle that poked the ball away. Columbus was able to clear the rebound and stop the danger for a few minutes.
The Impact appeared to go ahead in the as Di Vaio again appeared to break the offside trap. He slotted the ball past Gruenebaum, but the linesman raised his flag to signal offside. Replays would show the goal should have stood.
Montreal would get the their deserved goal in the 68th minute as Di Vaio took a loose ball and ripped a one time shot from 22 yards that beat Andy Gruenebaum to make it 1-0.
Dominic Oduro would answer less than five minutes later. He would bring down a high ball to the left of goal with his right foot and ripped it from a tough angle with his left past Perkins.
Both sides pressed for an equalizer, but the heavy ground after a foot of snow slowed down play as the game ground to a close. The Impact would have a couple half chances as Sanna Nyassi blazed a close range shot over and Felipe try an overhead kick, but Gruenebaum was up to the challenge.
The Impact failed to take full points from home for the first time on the season and they moved to 4-1-1 with 13 points on the season. The Crew move to 2-1-3 and 9 points; it's their fourth straight game without a loss. They play Chicago at Toyota Park to finish their two game road trip.