Sporting KC - Montreal Impact

Sporting KC
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Montreal
SATURDAY, MAY 5 8:30PM EDT Livestrong Sporting Park
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Saturday, May, 5 2012, 8:30pm (ET)
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City

The Montreal Impact (2-5-2) will face Sporting Kansas City (7-1-0) this Saturday, at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park at 8:30pm ET. The game will be broadcast live on TVA Sports and is also available on illico Mobile, illico Web and MLS Live.

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18-man roster

Goalkeepers: Donovan Ricketts, Greg Sutton
Defenders: Nelson Rivas, Hassoun Camara, Calum Mallace, Tyson Wahl, Matteo Ferrari, Jeb Brovsky
Midfielders: Felipe, Patrice Bernier, Davy Arnaud, Lamar Neagle, Bryan Arguez, Sinisa Ubiparipovic
Forwards: Eduardo Sebrango, Justin Braun, Andrew Wenger, Sanna Nyassi

Marsch about KC

“The stadium is beautiful, it’s a great field and great environment in KC,” said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. “They have a good team. It will be a very good test, but I expect us to go there and get a result. We’ll have to keep things tight, because they have some speed. They are physically gifted and we will have to watch out for their set pieces.”

New faces on the pitch

“We’re going to have a lot of new faces on Saturday, but we are still expecting to put a good team on the field and go for the result,” added Marsch. “Hassoun has really moved himself along and he looks sharp, and so has Rivas.”

“It’s really easy to play with Nelson,” said Camara. “He has such great experience from playing in Italy. He is very confident and calm in the back. I hope that the injuries are behind us and we can contribute to the team’s success, beginning with a result on Saturday.”

Kansas City, here he comes

Last weekend, Impact captain Davy Arnaud had a homecoming of sorts, playing against long time team mate and friend Jack Jewsbury and the Portland Timbers for the very first time.

This Saturday, he’s playing against his former team, Sporting Kansas City, in the city where he spent the last 10 years. 

“It will be pretty special,” said Arnaud. “Definitely when the schedule came out, it was one of the games that I took a look. Kansas City is a special place for me. I look forward to it.”

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Game Notes
  • Three Impact players have played all 830 minutes since the start of the season in MLS: goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, defender Matteo Ferrari and midfielder Felipe.
  • Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is currently seventh amongst MLS goalkeepers with 27 saves.
  • Before joining the team in a transaction in November, Davy Arnaud played 10 seasons with Kansas City. Arnaud left the club in first place all-time with 240 games played, in second place all-time with 43 goals and third in assists with 35, games played at 213 and minutes played with 19,390. He has played more than 2,000 minutes over a span of seven consecutive seasons and has also played in 15 career playoff games. He was the team captain in 2010 and 2011.
  • Forward Justin Braun has scored four career goals against Kansas City.
  • The Montreal Impact is currently first among MLS teams with 137 fouls committed and third with 45 shots on goal and third with 124 shots.
  • SKC defender Seth Sinovic was selected by the Impact in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft, and was then traded back to Kansas City for Davy Arnaud.
  • Sporting Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and played for the Canadian National U17 and U20 teams, before representing the United States at the senior level.
  • Injury Report: OUT:  D Zarek Valentin (right calf contusion); DOUBTFUL: M Justin Mapp (left hamstring strain)

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