Sporting Kansas City vs. Montreal Impact | MLS Match Preview
SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs MONTRÉAL IMPACT
SPORTING PARK, Kansas City, Kan.
June 1, 2013 (WEEK 14, MLS Game #125)
7:30 p.m. CT (KSMO; TVA)
Sporting Kansas City play a second consecutive home match on Saturday evening when they entertain the newlycrowned Canadian champion Montréal Impact at Sporting Park. SKC extended their undefeated streak to three games last weekend in a 1-1 home draw with Houston, then advanced in the U.S. Open Cup at midweek. The Impact are coming off a rampant 5-3 home win against Philadelphia Union – then won the Canadian Championship at midweek following a 2-2 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
REFEREE: Armando Villarreal. AR1 (bench): Greg Barkey; AR2 (opposite): Claudio Badea; 4th: Daniel Radford
MLS Career: 15 games; FC/gm: 23.7; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 6; pens: 5
DISABLED LIST: KC: Teal Bunbury
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: KC: Seth Sinovic
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: MTL: Felipe Martins
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: KC: Soony Saad (Lebanon); Matt Besler, Graham Zusi (both USA); Mikey Lopez (USA U-20)
ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Sporting 2 wins, 5 goals … Impact 1 win, 3 goals … Ties 1
AT KANSAS CITY (2 meetings): Sporting 1 win, 2 goals … Impact 1 win, 2 goals … Ties 0
FUTURE MATCH: 7/27: Montreal Impact vs. Sporting Kansas City, 7 p.m. ET
- The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Goals from Claudio Bieler and Graham Zusi gave Sporting a 2-0 win March 30 in Kansas City.
- The teams split their season series in Montréal’s inaugural season. Each team won on the other’s home ground – the Impact winning 2-0 on May 5 in Kansas City, and Sporting winning July 4 in Québec – before they reached a scoreless draw in the third match.
- Coaches record: Peter Vermes vs. MTL: P4 W2 L1 T1 … Marco Schallibaum vs. KC: P1 W0 L1 T0
3/30: KC 2, MTL 0 (Bieler 5; Zusi 80)
- Sporting opened the scoring after just five minutes. Benny Feilhaber latched onto the ball at midfield and sent in a through ball for Claudio Bieler, who cut the ball away from Matteo Ferrari at the top of the box then buried his low shot inside the right post.
- The home side finally sealed the outcome in the 80th minute. This time Feilhaber filtered a through ball for Graham Zusi, and he fought off a challenge from Impact center back Karl Ouimette in the area before burying a shot past Troy Perkins with his left foot.
- SPORTING KANSAS CITY (4-1-2-3): Jimmy Nielsen - Chance Myers, Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic - Oriol Rosell (Lawrence Olum 90) - Paulo Nagamura, Benny Feilhaber (Peterson Joseph 85) - Graham Zusi, Claudio Bieler, C.J. Sapong (Soony Saad 90)
- MONTREAL IMPACT (4-1-4-1): Troy Perkins - Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Karl Ouimette, Jeb Brovsky - Patrice Bernier - Andres Romero (Sanna Nyassi 63), Davy Arnaud, Felipe Martins (Andrew Wenger 62), Justin Mapp - Marco Di Vaio (Blake Smith 79)
SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Sporting Kansas City returned home and moved their undefeated run to three games, reaching a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park. Sporting are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 22 points from 14 matches.
- A key talking point came in the 38th minute. Brad Davis went down under a challenge from Oriol Rosell, and referee Drew Fischer immediately pointed to the spot. But after protests from Sporting's players, Fischer conferred with assistant referee Kevin Duliba and waved off the penalty ruling.
- The Dynamo took the lead in the first minute of stoppage time. Giles Barnes flicked the ball on forward to Will Bruin, who took it with his back to the defense and worked free before slotting a quick through ball to Brad Davis for a finish inside goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen's near post.
- Sporting drew even in the 68th minute. After Jacob Peterson got a touch on Oriol Rosell's through ball, Claudio Bieler's square pass found Kei Kamara just outside the area after a dummy and he slotted into the lower right corner for the equalizer.
- Sporting manager Peter Vermes made one change to the team that gained a 1-1 draw with D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Oriol Rosell came back into the team for Benny Feilhaber.
- SPORTING KANSAS CITY (4-1-2-3): Jimmy Nielsen - Mechack Jerome (Chance Myers 46), Ike Opara, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic - Oriol Rosell (Lawrence Olum 81) - Paulo Nagamura, Peterson Joseph (Kei Kamara 52) - Jacob Peterson, Claudio Bieler, Graham Zusi.
- Sporting extended their undefeated streak to three games with a second consecutive draw, starting a two game homestand at Sporting Park.
- “We have a good team, but were still not consistent enough in these times. Going down to Houston and beating them there, going into D.C. and getting a point there, we should have had three but we still go there and get a result,” said SKC manager Peter Vermes. “When we come home we have to sense that we've done that hard work and now we do the same hard work here at home. These points are big for us, especially when we win points at other people’s places.”
- Kei Kamara scored his first goal in his return to MLS vs. Houston, coming in his fourth appearance (all from the substitutes’ bench). Kamara scored 11 goals in 33 league games for SKC a year ago before joining Norwich City FC of the English Premier League on loan, where he scored once in 11 appearances.
- “I guess it was tough to watch the game from the bench. It's hard watching it from the outside, but it makes you learn a little bit,” Kamara said. “…It feels great, obviously, to score against your former team. The goal, for it to be important like that for my team to get a point from it, it's big.”
- Said Vermes: “The biggest reason why I think we scored was because we possessed the ball and we were knocking it around and we were patient with it. Obviously good goal by Kei (Kamara), but it was good that we were moving the ball around and I think that we made them spread apart and obviously got the goal back.”
- Claudio Bieler added his first MLS assist, setting up Kamara’s goal. Bieler has six goals in his first MLS season.
- Jacob Peterson also contributed his first assist of the season, making his fifth consecutive start in the front three.
- “A draw is better than a loss. It's not good enough. I think everyone here wants to win every game – especially at home. This season we haven't had the same home form that you would like. Especially from a team that has some pretty good pieces,” said Peterson. “I think we can't afford to play 45 minutes way below the level that we are. The second half was a pretty good performance and we created a lot more chances. On another day, maybe we would have finished a lot more.”
- On Tuesday, Sporting advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup with a 2-0 win against the Des Moines Menace of the PDL at Sporting Park. Kei Kamara scored 12 minutes into the game to give SKC a 1-0 lead, then Claudio Bieler capped it off with a goal in the 73rd minute.
- Here’s the Sporting team: Eric Kronberg; Mechack Jerome, Aurelien Collin, Lawrence Olum, Josh Gardner; Benny Feilhaber, Michael Thomas, Mikey Lopez (Oriol Rosell 76); Kei Kamara (Claudio Bieler 70), C.J. Sapong, Chance Myers (Jacob Peterson 57)
The Montréal Impact won a second game on the trot in impressive fashion, rolling to a 5-3 win against Philadelphia Union on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo. The Impact are in second place in the Eastern Conference with 23 points from 11 matches.
- The Impact opened the scoring just two minutes into the contest after Andrew Wenger cut the ball back for Marco Di Vaio, who put it past Zac MacMath first-time with his left foot.
- But three minutes later, Union equalized when Jeb Brovsky only half-cleared a cross and it fell for Michael Farfan, who found Jack McInerney unmarked for the equalizer.
- Yet before the match was much more than a half-hour old, Di Vaio had a hat trick. In the 28th minute, on a quick transition, Justin Mapp cut inside from the right and lobbed a through ball for Di Vaio, who adroitly lifted his finish past the ‘keeper.
- It was 3-1 four minutes later thanks when Andres Romero broke down Sheanon Williams on the left flank and sent in a low cross for Di Vaio, who coolly sidefooted the ball in at the back post to complete his triple.
- Union pulled a goal back in the 65th minute when Antoine Hoppenot dribbled his way down the right touchline and sent in a cross that sailed past goalkeeper Troy Perkins into the goal.
- The Impact restored their lead in the 74th minute when Wenger redirected Felipe’s corner past MacMath with a glancing header. But Union were back within in one in the 85th minute as Sebastien Le Toux latched onto a bouncing ball at the edge of the box and unleashed a left-footed attempt that went through a maze of legs and past a diving Perkins.
- Blake Smith sealed the result on a breakaway in stoppage time, slotting home from inside the box after he was set free by a ball from Patrice Bernier.
- Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum made two changes to the team that took a 3-2 victory against Real Salt Lake at Stade Saputo. Alessandro Nesta and Dennis Iapichino came into the back four for Maxim Tissot and Hassoun Camara
- MONTREAL IMPACT (4-1-3-2): Troy Perkins - Jeb Brovsky (Karl Ouimette 77), Alessandro Nesta, Matteo Ferrari, Dennis Iapichino - Patrice Bernier - Justin Mapp, Felipe Martins, Andres Romero (Blake Smith 61) - Andrew Wenger, Marco Di Vaio (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 85).
- After scoring 12 goals over their first nine league matches, the Impact have scored eight goals in their last two games. In six games in all competitions in the month of May, the Impact netted 17 goals.
- Marco Di Vaio scored the first hat trick in his MLS career and the first in the Impact’s MLS history when he netted three goals in 30 minutes. It was the fastest one player had scored three goals in a game since Real Salt Lake’s Álvaro Saborío scored a hat trick in 15 minutes last July 7 vs. Portland.
- “We are happy because this was a big win for us. We needed to win to stay near the top of the standings. I’m happy, because it’s been a long time since I scored three,” Di Vaio said. “It’s good for me, for my head, for my confidence. But most of all, it’s important that I helped the team win.”
- Said Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum: “He’s so good at finding space. We have to give Andrew Wenger some credit because he does a lot of hard work that helps create space for Marco. And Di Vaio is an opportunist and we love him for that. As a coach, I’m, very happy to have a player like him.”
- With the hat trick, Di Vaio pulled into a tie for the lead in the MLS Golden Boot standings with Philadelphia’s Jack McInerney – who also scored his ninth goal of the season in the match.
- “I’m not looking at the scoring title. I look at scoring goals to help my team win and make the playoffs. All I think about is scoring goals to help my team win,” Di Vaio said. “Every time I score, I want that goal to help my team win, earn points, so we can make the playoffs and go far.”
- The five goals were also a club record in MLS for the Impact. They scored four goals twice during their inaugural league season, in wins vs. Seattle and Houston that came a week apart (June 16-23).
- Andrew Wenger started his fourth game in a row and scored his first goal of the season.
- “In the first half, he was a little timid, but in the second half he was dominant. He won a lot of battles and held the ball up very well,” said Schällibaum. “When you work on different things every day at training, you need those players that are willing to learn and listen and Andrew is one of those players. We have a lot of guys like that on the team.”
- Justin Mapp recorded his fifth career two-assist game, setting up the first two Impact goals. All four of Mapp’s assists this season have come over the last three games; he has assisted on three of Di Vaio’s goals.
- Alessandro Nesta made his return to the Impact back four, coming into central defense for the first time since April 27.
- On Wednesday, the Impact won the Voyageurs’ Cup, emblematic of the Canadian Championship, for the first time since coming to MLS following a 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place, winning the series on away goals after a 2-2 tie on aggregate. It was the second Canadian title for the club, having also won the inaugural edition in 2008.
- Camilo gave Whitecaps FC the lead after four minutes, but Felipe pulled the Impact back to level four minutes after the second-half restart. Daigo Kobayashi gave Vancouver the lead again in the 69th minute, but Hassoun Camara’s goal six minutes from the end gave the Impact the title.
- Here’s the Impact team: Evan Bush; Jeb Brovsky (Collen Warner 82'), Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Hassoun Camara; Patrice Bernier, Felipe (Dennis Iapichino 88'), Andrés Romero (Blake Smith 73'), Justin Mapp; Andrew Wenger, Marco Di Vaio