Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kansas City Sweep Montreal

Sporting KC allowed a goal against the Montreal Impact for the first time this season, but it wasn't enough to keep Kansas City from sweeping the season series last night in Montreal. Sporting KC got a pair of goals from Dom Dwyer, his fourth and fifth against the Impact this year.

Dwyer got Kansas City going very early. In just the third minute, KC had a throw in deep in Montreal's end. Returning captain, Matt Besler launched a ball into the box. Dwyer got to the ball ahead of Montreal goalkeeper, Troy Perkins and headed the ball into the net to give KC the early lead. Unlike the last time these two teams meant, when KC passed the Impact off the field, this time the game was much closer with the Impact getting chances going forward. KC though still had the better of the early going with Jacob Peterson forcing a save out of Perkins after Benny Feilhaber did a good job of winning the ball at midfield. In the 28th minute though the Impact finally found the back of the net against KC this season. Off a throw-in deep in KC's end, Patrice Bernier received the throw-in and lofted a pass towards the back post. Justin Mapp had gotten some space away from Peterson. Mapp got his head on the ball, knocking it back into the middle for Marco Di Vaio who was completely unmarked. Di Vaio headed the ball back across the face of goal and into the corner past the reach of Andy Gruenebaum to level the score. Shortly after the Impact almost too the lead. A ball was lofted towards Felipe in the box. Both Felipe and KC's Igor Juliao missed the ball but Andres Romero was following up he play. He fired a shot back across goal, but Gruenebaum made the save. The ball continued to the back post where it looked like Di Vaio may get to it and knock it home. Aurelien Collin stepped in just in time though to touch the ball out for a corner kick, saving a goal. Seth Sinovic created a good chance for himself just before half time. A free kick by Graham Zusi was headed to the top of the box where Sinovic took it on the volley but pushed it wide of Perkins' net.

In the second half, KC stepped their game back up and pushed the game. KC found good movement down the wings, with Juliao doing well to create some chances for KC down the right. It was down the left though that KC had a great opportunity in the 59th minute. Peterson was played in behind his defender and played a low cross into the box for Toni Dovale. The ball fell to the Spaniard's favored left foot, but instead of picking a corner, fired the ball right towards the middle of the goal where Perkins made a good save. Both teams had some chances as the game went on, but as the minutes ticked by the game looked more and more like it was headed towards a draw. Then in the 89th minute Lawrence Olum lofted a ball into the attacking half of the field. Heath Pearce let the ball bounce past him and roll towards the box for Perkins. Sporting sub CJ Sapong though raced after the ball trying to chase it down. Neither Pearce nor Perkins took control of the situation allowing Sapong to reach the ball first, getting a touch on it. Sapong knocked the ball off of Perkins and the ball fell into the path of Dwyer. Sporting's leading scorer took a touch and then curled a shot into the net giving KC a 2-1 lead. The effort was enough to see KC take all three points in the win.

Wizards Man of the Match - Dom Dwyer - The KC forward now has the third most goals in KC history in a single season after his two goals last night. He continues to have himself a fantastic season.

Player Ratings - Gruenebaum 6, Juliao 5, Collin 6, Besler 6, Sinovic 5, Olum 5, Zusi 6, Feilhaber 6, Peterson 6, Dwyer 8, Dovale 5. Subs Saad 5, Sapong 6.

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