The Montreal Impact grabbed a goal and the 1-0 victory late in stoppage time to end Sporting Kansas City’s six-game unbeaten streak at Stade Saputo last night. In a match that had been hotly contested throughout, the late goal brings Montreal three points closer to unseating Sporting Kansas City at the top of the Eastern Conference. Sporting Kansas City now holds a one point lead in the Conference, and is one point behind Real Salt Lake in the race for the Supporters Shield.
The two teams share animosity for each other and there were a total of 38 fouls called, making it the second most in an MLS match this season.
Montreal had a great chance to take an early lead in the 20th minute. Justin Mapp brought the ball up the right side of the pitch before breaking toward the center and splitting two defenders with a pass to find Sanna Nyassi behind the defense. Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper, Jimmy Nielsen, did well to stand tall and get his hand on the shot.
In the 52nd minute, a Claudio Bieler attempt tested Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins, but Perkins proved he was up to the task. Graham Zusi’s free kick found Ike Opara, who headed the ball toward the center. Bieler caught the ball on a volley and his shot nearly bounced over Perkins and into goal but the goalkeeper made a quick save.
It was Bieler again in the 63rd minute for Sporting Kansas City, this time on the end of a Benny Feilhaber cross. The ball crossed the face of goal to Bieler on the back post but defender Hassoun Camara was in good position and got in the way of the shot.
found him for the game-winner. Smith calmly slotted the ball under Nielsen for the win, and the latest goal allowed by Sporting Kansas City in team history.
Sporting Kansas City’s next match is against the New York Red Bulls at Sporting Park on Saturday, September 3rd. The 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game is at Sporting Park on Wednesday night. Sporting Kansas City’s Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, and Aurelien Collin will be featured in the MLS All-Stars while they face Serie A’s AS Roma.