Kansas City (7-5-5) at Montreal (3-8-5), 7:30 p.m.
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum
will meet at the Stade Saputo on Saturday as the Montreal Impact plays host to
Sporting Kansas City.
The Impact enter the weekend at the foot of the Eastern Conference table
having taken just 14 points from their 16 games thus far.
Sporting, meanwhile, comes into the round just two points adrift of first-
place D.C. United.
Kansas City is in the midst of a three-game unbeaten run that has seen the
club collect seven points from a possible nine. The reigning MLS Cup champions
most recently played to a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire, a match that saw Dom
Dwyer continue his torrid scoring pace by netting his 12th goal of the season.
"I'd rather have three points, but it's nice to get on the score sheet," Dwyer
said. "I was more excited that I cleared one off the line, to be honest. I
really wanted to keep a clean sheet today and was gutted when we allowed one.
I thought we defended well throughout the whole game, so I'm a little
Dwyer's goals could be in further demand given that Sporting goalkeeper Eric
Kronberg will be out of action for approximately eight weeks after fracturing
a bone in his hand during training on Wednesday.
Sporting head coach Peter Vermes will turn to either Jon Kempin or Andy
Gruenebaum to deputize for the club's first-choice 'keeper, and Montreal will
be hoping to pounce on whoever fills in.
The Impact earned a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on June 29
and appeared be gaining some momentum after playing a surging Chivas USA side
even through the final stages of their meeting on Saturday, but a bicycle kick
from Erick Torres in stoppage time doomed Montreal to its eighth defeat of the
"I felt that we should have walked away with points today," said head coach
Frank Klopas. "It's heartbreaking the way we were seconds away and to give up
a goal like that, sometimes the game is cruel and I feel for my players. We
put a lot into the game and deserved a point."
It was the first Montreal had conceded since MLS resumed action following the
World Cup break, and midfielder Justin Mapp echoed his coach's sentiments that
the Impact deserved a share of the spoils.
"It's really disappointing to give up that goal at the end of the game, which
was otherwise a good road performance," said Justin Mapp. "An unlucky
deflection at the end and the bicycle kick finds the back of the net. Other
than that, I thought we were really good defensively and created a few half
chances close in on goal, but we weren't as efficient in the final third.
That's how it goes sometimes."