Montreal Impact - Sporting KC
4' Felipe's shot saved by Nielsen
5' Di Vaio goes close
25' Arnaud misses from close range
29' Di Vaio shoots wide
MTL - Ricketts; Brovsky, Thomas, Camara, Valentin; Bernier, Warner; Mapp, Felipe, Arnaud (C); Di Vaio
Subs: Bush; Wahl, Ouimette, Nyassi, Neagle, Sebrango, Braun
KC - Nielsen (C), Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic, Zusi, Nagamura, Espinoza, Kamara, Bunbury, Sapong.
Subs : Kronberg, J Peterson, P Joseph, Saad, Aiyegbusi, Warzycha, Ellis
Following a charged month of June, the Montreal Impact (5-10-3) kicks off a stretch of seven games in the month July, five of which are set at home, versus Sporting Kansas City (9-5-2) on Wednesday, at Stade Saputo, exceptionally at 7pm (ET).
This will be the second matchup of the season for these two clubs. The Impact won the first match 2-0 on May 5 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Midfielders Felipe and Patrice Bernier had scored, earning the Impact its first road win of the season.
- INJURY REPORT: OUT - D Matteo Ferrari (Right quad strain), Nelson Rivas (left knee) F Bernardo Corradi (Left knee torn ACL), Andrew Wenger (Left hamstring strain), Evan James (Left ankle sprain).
- The Montreal Impact is currently first among MLS teams with 249 fouls committed, third with 239 shots and tied for sixth with 24 goals.
- The Impact has a 3-0-1 record when the team leads at halftime.
- Sporting Kansas City has not traditionally fared well on the Fourth of July, going 2-7-2 all-time.
- Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is currently third amongst MLS goalkeepers with 79 shots against and tied for seventh with 47 saves.
- Midfielder Davy Arnaud is first in the league with 49 fouls suffered.
- Midfielder Felipe is tied for fourth in MLS with 35 fouls committed.
- Midfielders Felipe and Davy Arnaud, as well as forward Sanna Nyassi, have already been shown four yellow cards in regular season play, and will have to serve a one-game suspension following their next caution.
Impact captain Davy Arnaud played 10 seasons in Kansas City, so it’s no wonder that he knows the team and the coaching staff pretty well.
“They are a very well-organized side,” said Arnaud. “They have been one of the best teams in the league for the last few years. They play a very high tempo and are a very physical team. Matching them will be key.”
Let’s look at a few more key elements to Wednesday’s matchup.
Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch met the media after training Tuesday morning, and clarified details surrounding the negotiations with Italian defender Alessandro Nesta.