MLS Regular Season
This morning, defender Seth Sinovic was a guest on 810 WHB’s The Border Patrol to talk about last night’s loss to Orlando City SC in the fourth round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Sinovic and host Nate Bukaty also discussed this weekend’s Summer Beer Festival, a tribute to craft beers and a benefit for AIDS Walk Kansas City.
Also today, CEO Robb Heineman was on 810 WHB's The Program with Soren Petro to discuss Wednesday night's match vs. Orlando City, potential expansion to Sporting Park and hosting Jamaica in October. Click here to listen to the full podcast of Heineman's interview.
Sporting Kansas City suffered a 1-0 loss to Orlando City on Wednesday night in the fourth round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. It's Sporting KC's first loss in the competition since July 2011.
Man of the Match
Eric Kronberg had a solid performance and made several key saves throughout the match. The goalkeeper had large stretches where he wasn't tested but regularly was up to the challenge and kept Sporting KC in the match.
The second minute goal by Orlando City's Long Tan stunned the crowd at Sporting Park. It gave the visitors confidence early and allowed them to sit back and absorb Sporting KC's pressure. Sporting KC would dominate most of the second half but credit to Orlando City goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo who made some great saves to conserve his team's 1-0 lead.
A few stats
- Kevin Ellis made his first competitive start for Sporting KC
- Teal Bunbury's appearance is his first since August 2012
- All four semifinalists from last year's U.S. Open Cup have been knocked out of this year's tournament
Go in-depth for Sporting Kansas City's 2-1 loss versus the Montreal Impact on Saturday evening at Sporting Park with this match's Fast Facts.
- With the loss, Sporting Kansas City remains in third place in the Eastern Conference behind the New York Red Bulls and the Montreal Impact.
- Sporting KC is now 6-5-4 in 2013 and 3-3-2 at home.
- Sporting Kansas City is 218-211-113 all-time and 144-78-48 all-time at home.
- Sporting Kansas City's record against the Montreal Impact moves to 2-2-1 all-time and 1-2-0 at home in the series.
- Claudio Bieler opened the scoring on Saturday finishing a PK in the fourth minute of first half stoppage time.
- After scoring in each of the team's first two road games, Claudio Bieler's last five goals have all come at home.
- Bieler has now scored seven goals in MLS, third most in MLS, and eight in all competition.
- Bieler is now one of five players with two or more penalty kick goals this season along with Robert Earnshaw, Will Johnson, Federico Higuain and Robbie Keane.
- Bieler becomes one of eight Sporting KC players all-time with multiple penalty kick goals scored.
- Bieler has scored in both matches against Montreal this season.
- Bieler's six shots on Saturday tied his season high, set in Sporting KC's previous meeting with Montreal in March, and are the most by a Sporting KC player this season.
- Sporting Kansas City dropped points for the first time in 2013 when leading at halftime and are now 3-1-0 when ahead at the break.
- Sanna Nyassi scored Montreal Impact's first goal of the match, his first goal during the 2013 season.
- Nyassi's goal in the 47th minute was the first for Montreal against Sporting KC since July 4, 2012 when Patrice Bernier scored in the 49th minute. It snapped a 267-minute scoreless streak for Montreal in the series.
- Collen Warner notched Montreal's second goal on Saturday, his first career goal.
- Montreal earned their first points of 2013 when trailing at halftime and are now 1-2-0 when behind at the break.
- Sporting KC has lost five straight games when allowing two goals in a match, dating back to July 18, 2012.
- Sporting Kansas City made two changes to their starting XI from their most recent MLS match, a 1-1 draw against the Houston Dynamo. Kei Kamara and Aurelien Collin started in place of Graham Zusi and Matt Besler respectively.
- Graham Zusi and Matt Besler were unavailable for Saturday's match. The pair is with the U.S. Men's National Team, who will face Germany tomorrow at RFK Stadium.
- Zusi was not in the starting lineup for only the second time this season, after also missing the New England Revolution match on March 23rd due to international duty.
- Soony Saad also missed Saturday's match for international duty with Lebanon.
- Mikey Lopez was not available for Saturday's game and is currently with the U.S. Under 20 Men's National Team. Lopez started and played the entire match helping the U.S. earn a 1-0 victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo U21's in the Toulon Tournament on Saturday.
- Sporting KC is 5-3-3 when wearing Sporting Blue and 5-2-4 versus the Eastern Conference in 2013.
- Jimmy Nielsen has appeared in 76 straight MLS matches, including postseason, for Sporting Kansas City, dating back to June 12, 2011. The streak covers a span of 6,840 straight minutes of MLS action.
- Sporting Kansas City outshot the Montreal Impact 19-7. Sporting KC is 5-4-4 when outshooting an opponent this season.
- Sporting KC leads MLS all-time in shots with 7,410 and ranks first in MLS this season with 218 shots.
- Saturday's attendance of 19,470 marks the 24th consecutive sellout at Sporting Park.
- Montreal head coach Marco Schallibaum was dismissed at halftime on Saturday, the second time this season he has been dismissed at Sporting Park.
- Alessandro Nesta's second-half red card was the third by a Sporting KC opponent this season. Sporting KC is now 2-1-0 in games played with a man advantage.
- The red card was the first time Montreal has had a player ejected in MLS play this season.
- Jacob Peterson started the 100th MLS match (including playoffs) of his career on Saturday.
- Aurelien Collin surpassed 6,000 minutes played on Saturday in his MLS career (including playoffs).
- Benny Feilhaber, who entered the match in the 62nd minute, led all players on the field with three good crosses on Saturday.
- Opta logged four good open crosses in Saturday's match. Two came from Sporting Kansas City's Josh Gardner, who entered in the 85th minute.
- Kei Kamara led all players with four aerial duels won on Saturday. He also led all players with 10 duels won.
- Oriol Rosell led all players with 58 total passes, while Mechack Jerome led all players with 73 touches.
- The first 10,000 fans into the match on Saturday received a Sporting Kansas City poster courtesy of Capitol Federal.
- Sporting Kansas City defenders Chance Myers and Kyle Miller signed autographs on the Sprint Plaza prior to the match at the Capitol Federal booth.
- Silver tickets were distributed in the Boulevard Members Club postgame for the free Silversun Pickups concert on July 30 at Power & Light District in conjunction with the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.
Sporting Kansas City's three match unbeaten streak in MLS was snapped with a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact on Saturday night at Sporting Park.
Man of the Match
Claudio Bieler scored his seventh goal of the season (in MLS) and was a continuous threat in the final third for Sporting KC. The striker was active during the match and helped to get into the head of Montreal defender Alessandro Nesta, who was sent off for a red card in the 74th minute. Bieler helped to create several good chances throughout the match and if not for some solid goalkeeping from Troy Perkins, would have likely found an equalizer in the second half.
The 47th minute goal from Montreal's Sanna Nyassi changed the momentum of the match. Sporting KC had just taken the lead at the end of the first half and appeared on their way to three points but a couple defensive lapses allowed Montreal to score two unanswered goals. It was an uncharacteristic performance by Sporting KC who have generally been very strong at home when scoring the opening goal.
A few stats
- Claudio Bieler's last five MLS goals have been scored at Sporting Park
- Kamara won the most duels of any player in the match (ten) and all of his aerial duels (four of four)
- Peterson Joseph completed 100% of his passes (30 of 30)
- Claudio Bieler and Benny Feilhaber led all players with three key passes
To preview Sporting KC's match against the Monteal Impact, I spoke with MLSSoccer.com writer Olivier Tremblay.
Along with his goalscoring ability, what has Marco Di Vaio provided for the Impact?
"First and foremost, the way that he committed to the club by coming back from Italy after Christmas and New Year's Eve. He came back to train with the new physical trainer here in Montreal and he really showed that he was not coming here for fun. He was coming here to work and it started to show straight away this season. Towards the end of last year it looked like he was getting into some sort of groove but he still seemed to need a bit of fitness. He's got that now. He has a better understanding how to click with the guys just behind him whether its Bernier or Felipe. His partnership with Andrew Wenger is coming together really nicely. Going forward, Marco Di Vaio is having a great time getting into a working relationship with those guys and he's really committed to making this first full season in MLS count."
The Impact had an emotional match against Vancouver in Canadian Championship on Wednesday. How will that effect them for Saturday's match?
"The good news for them is that they have about a two week break after Saturday's game. The Impact did bring more guys (for trip to Vancouver & then KC) than they actually do need. They've got 21 guys traveling. I would say that some guys feel a little bit tired but still feel like they can ride onto that wave of emotion that started Wednesday night and give one last push before going onto that break. A few changes here and there could be in the works."
What do you expect to see from Saturday's match?
"To be honest, I expect Sporting KC to play their usual game. They'll come out flying and try to make Montreal doubt early on. Pretty much the same narrative as Wednesday for Montreal. Vancouver came out flying and they had to be solid and try to survive that first way of pressure. Unfortunately for them they didn't but it turned out okay in the end. The thing that's most important to me is for Montreal to survive that first wave of pressure by Kansas City so that they can grow into rhythm in that game. Grow confidence and be sure that they can bring the ball quickly out of the back and find the spaces in behind."
Off the Pitch aired on KSMO-TV last night and in case you missed it, below are some of the best clips from Sporting Kansas City's monthly television show. The popular Vantage Point series is a must watch as Sporting KC players breakdown the recent run of performances:
Click on the links below to check out the other segments from last night's Off the Pitch:
Sporting KC will host the Montreal Impact for the second time in the 2013 regular season on Saturday evening. The two teams are battling for position in the Eastern Conference and separated by one point in the standings.
Montreal will be without Nelson Rivas, Maxim Tissot, Andrea Pisanu, Davy Arnaud, and Daniele Paponi. All five players are out for Saturday's match with no players listed as questionable. The Impact played Wednesday night at Vancouver so they'll likely be making at least a few changes to the startling lineup on Saturday.
The Impact are coming off a dramatic and emotional match against the Whitecaps in the Canadian Championship. They clinched a spot in the 2013-14 (along with Sporting KC) CONCACAF Champions League after a 2-2 draw. If there was an optimal time for Sporting KC to face Montreal, then Saturday appears to be that time. Both teams have had busy schedules but Montreal will be playing their second away match in four days.
Marco Di Vaio - The Italian striker is red hot with seven goals in his last six MLS matches.
Patrice Bernier - A versatile two-way midfielder has played in all 11 MLS matches this season.
Alessandro Nesta - Montreal are 5-0-1 in MLS when the central defender is in the starting lineup this season.
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Sporting Kansas City will face the Montreal Impact for the fifth time in MLS (regular season) on Saturday evening. It's the second of three meetings between the two sides in the 2013 regular season. The first match of 2013 was on March 30th at Sporting Park in which Sporting KC won 2-0 on goals from Claudio Bieler and Graham Zusi.
Sporting KC are currently unbeaten in their last three matches against Montreal including two cleans sheets.
Head To Head (MLS regular season)
Home Matches: 1-1- (2 goals scored, 2 goals conceded)
Away Matches: 1-0-1 (3 goals scored, 1 goals conceded)
|Sporting KC||Stat||Montreal Impact|
|Claudio Bieler 6||GOALS||Marco Di Vaio 9|
|Graham Zusi 5||ASSISTS||Mapp/Bernier 4|
|Claudio Bieler 39||SHOTS||Marco Di Vaio 38|
|Aurelien Collin 26||FOULS||Patrice Bernier 16|
|Jimmy Nielsen 24||SAVES||Troy Perkins 39|
|Jimmy Nielsen 0.79||GAA||Troy Perkins 1.27|
|Sporting KC||Montreal Impact|
|Shots (on goal)||200 (60)||138 (59)|
|Fouls Committed (Suffered)||212 (191)||114 (144)|
|Duels Won (Avg)||51.4%||49.8%|
|Completed Passes (Avg)||425||402|
|Passing Accuracy (Avg)||76.6%||78.4%|
MLS regular season matches
Kansas City has had a strong history of great goalkeepers highlighted by the likes of Jimmy Nielsen and Tony Meola. Meola, a New Jersey native, played six seasons for KC and is still the only goalkeeper to win an MLS MVP award. Meola helped lead KC to the 2000 MLS Cup title and 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.
Check out the video below for highlights of his career as featured in the MLS Legends Series, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com.