Sporting Kansas City defeated the Montreal Impact just two short weeks ago on April 26th at Sporting Park in Kansas City 4-0 and Saturday they continued their run of form and dominance over Montreal with a 3-0 win to improve the season series to 2-0 Sporting. Sporting and Montreal are set to meet one more time this season on July 12th in Montreal.
Sporting played their first of a tough stretch of three games in eight days Saturday against the Montreal Impact in Montreal, Quebec.
In the 17th minute Matt Besler threw a long ball into the box that bounced around and found the hand of Montreal Midfielder Collen Warner right in front of goal, the match official called for a penalty and Warner was sent off with a red card.
Dom Dwyer stepped over the ball and sent it to the right side of the keeper and in to the back of the net to convert the penalty and give Sporting the 1-0 lead in the 18th minute.
Sporting added to their lead in the 34th minute when Chance Myers sent in a low cross that rolled through to the far post and found Paulo Nagamura who used his right foot to put a shot on target that took a deflection and bounced into goal to give the visitors the 2-0 lead before half-time.
That goal was Nagamura’s first goal for the club since September 1st, 2012 and only his 11th in his MLS career.
Sporting added the dagger in the 64th minute when Antonio Dovale slipped a through ball to Dwyer just inside the penalty box and Dwyer slotted it just past the keeper to earn his second goal of the game and second brace in as many games this season against Montreal to go up 3-0 on the day.
The game would finish 3-0 giving Eric Kronberg his 5th shutout on the season.
Sporting Midfielder Orioll Rosell completed 160 of his 166 passes setting a record for both passes completed and completion percentage in an MLS game since Opta began recording MLS stats in 2011.
Sporting Kansas City as a team also set the record for passes completed with 739 of 803 passes completed. Sporting fell just shy of the completion percentage record with 92.03% trailing only the Houston Dynamo mark of 92.96 % which they set in 2012. Sporting finished with 78.18% of the possession Saturday which is also a new league record.
Sporting coach Peter Vermes had this to say about his teams performance
I thought we did a tremendous job of being patient, having purpose to our build up with the ball in our possession and at the same time we stayed very disciplined and organized at the back to not give them anything. That’s not easy, so it was a tremendous performance even though we were up a man.
Sporting Kansas City will try to carry that momentum into Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia Union. Sporting Defender Matt Besler and Midfielder Graham Zusi will play their final game for the club on Wednesday before joining the USMNT to prepare for the World Cup.
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