Sporting KC vs. Montreal Impact  1 - 2

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MLS Wrap: 10-man Impact stage Kansas comeback

3 June 2013 05:19

Montreal Impact overcame Alessandro Nesta's sending off to beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 and move top of MLS' Eastern Conference.

Up against the best team in the Eastern Conference last year, Montreal had to come from a goal down at half-time to defeat Kansas City, while New England Revolution thrashed reigning MLS champions Los Angeles Galaxy 5-0.

The Impact's victory in Kansas took them top of the Eastern Conference standings on 26 points, ahead of New York Red Bulls (25 points), who lost 2-1 at home versus Vancouver Whitecaps, while Houston Dynamo moved up to third ahead of Sporting with a 1-1 draw away to Columbus Crew.

At Sporting Park in Kansas City on Saturday, Montreal had the better chances to score in the first half, with Felipe Martins hitting the post in the 39th minute, but the home side took the lead in stoppage time when Claudio Bieler won and converted a penalty.

The foul by Nesta on Bieler appeared to be just outside the box but the referee pointed to the spot and Sporting's Argentine forward scored from 11 metres.

Having watched his team go behind just before the break, the Impact's head coach Marco Schallibaum marched onto the field as the referee signalled half-time, unleashing a verbal tirade at the officials and then Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.

Schallibaum was not allowed back on the bench in the second half because of his comments, but Montreal seemed to use their coach's dismissal as inspiration, with Sanna Nyassi lashing home an equaliser in the 47th minute before Warner put the visitors in front six minutes later.

Despite having Nesta sent off in the 74th minute for a headbutt on Bieler, the Impact held on for their eighth win of the season.

On Sunday, New England notched their fourth consecutive victory, scoring twice in second-half stoppage time to complete a five-goal thumping of the Galaxy.

Sene Saer, Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez scored for the Revolution as they built a 3-0 lead by the 87th minute, before Chad Barrett and Kelyn Rowe both struck in the six minutes of stoppage time to complete the rout.

New England moved up to sixth in the Eastern Conference, while LA remain fourth in the Western Conference despite the big loss.

In other MLS results, Real Salt Lake picked up a big win, thumping San Jose Earthquakes 3-0, while Colorado Rapids drew 2-2 with FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders defeated Chivas USA 2-0, Toronto FC drew 1-1 with Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire won 2-0 over DC United.

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MLS Preview: Di Vaio´s Impact is telling

30 May 2013 11:09

Sporting Kansas City and Montreal Impact meet in MLS action on Saturday as two of the league's top scorers face off.

Italian veteran Marco Di Vaio's hat-trick against Philadelphia Union sent him joint-top of the scoring charts with nine goals.

His Montreal side are well-placed in the Eastern Conference, two points behind leaders New York Red Bulls but having played four fewer matches.

In Claudio Bieler, Sporting have a forward who has struck six times this campaign, but his form is far different to Di Vaio's.

The Argentine scored in the US Open Cup on Tuesday but his last league goal came on May 5, when he netted a brace against Chivas USA.

If the form of the goalscorers is anything to go by, Montreal should claim a third-straight win in the clash at Livestrong Sporting Park.

If Red Bulls fail to win at home to Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal will be top of the conference.

But given the Whitecaps' struggles this season – they are eighth in the Western Conference – the Red Bulls should be too good.

Western Conference leaders Dallas may be tested when they visit the Colorado Rapids, who are unbeaten in their past five league matches.

Real Salt Lake will be hoping to close the gap on Dallas with a win over San Jose Earthquakes at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Houston Dynamo are winless in three matches but have a chance to break that run against Columbus Crew.

Los Angeles Galaxy will be hoping their 4-0 win over the Seattle Sounders kick-starts their season, and they get a chance to build on that result when they meet the New England Revolution.

Out-of-sorts Toronto will be looking to end a six-game losing run in all competitions when they host Philadelphia Union.

Struggling sides, Chicago Fire and DC United do battle, while Chivas USA and the Seattle Sounders also meet.

MLS table

# Team MP D P
3 34 +10 52
4 34 +5 50
5 34 +7 49
6 34 +0 42
7 34 -10 41

MLS table

# Team MP D P
6 34 +0 42
7 34 -10 41
8 34 -19 39
9 34 -10 36
10 34 -20 28