Abstract : We investigate the push-relabel algorithm for solving the problem of finding a maximum cardinality matching in a bipartite graph in the context of the maximum transversal problem. We describe in detail an optimized yet easy-to-implement version of the algorithm and fine-tune its parameters. We also introduce new performance-enhancing techniques. On a wide range of real-world instances, we compare the push-relabel algorithm with state-of-the-art augmenting path-based algorithms and the recently proposed pseudoflow approach. We conclude that a carefully tuned push-relabel algorithm is competitive with all known augmenting path-based algorithms, and superior to the pseudoflow-based ones.