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                 === Sporting, Impact clash at Stade Saputo ===
 
 Montreal,  QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Sporting Kansas City will aim for a second
 consecutive  victory on  Saturday when the club travels to the Stade Saputo to
 battle Eastern Conference rivals Montreal Impact.
 
 After  suffering  a 2-0 defeat  at the hands of  the New England Revolution at
 Gillette  Stadium  on April 26,  the defending  MLS Cup champions bounced back
 with a strong showing the following week in a 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew.
 
 Jacob  Peterson  opened the  scoring for  Sporting after  just 10 minutes when
 Chance  Myers' cross from the right flank connected with Paulo Nagamura, whose
 first-time  shot was  blocked by  Giancarlo  Gonzalez but  eventually fell  to
 Peterson  following a  deflection off Michael Parkhurst. Peterson then made no
 mistake  with a side volley from 10 yards out for his 14th career MLS goal and
 first since the final game of the 2012 regular season.
 
 Claudio Bieler then put the game out of reach for Columbus in stoppage time as
 he collected an inch-perfect chip from Graham Zusi in front of goal and tapped
 it home with ease to seal all three points.
 
 "Start  to finish,  an excellent  performance  by us.  I think  it's the  best
 performance  of the  year for us," Sporting manager Peter Vermes said. "One of
 the  most difficult things in the game today was the weather. We haven't had a
 chance  to  play in this  kind of  weather. All you  guys know that are around
 here,  the weather  has been pretty cold.  And having to come out here with it
 going  into the 80's, it was very difficult. These guys left everything on the
 field."
 
 "It  felt really  good. Going into the game, we ultimately knew (Columbus was)
 on  a  really  good run  of  form,"  Peterson  said.  "They've made  some  big
 improvements  this  year. The most important  things for us, coming off a lost
 last  week, was to test ourselves against a good team. Fortunately we came out
 on top today."
 
 Montreal,  meanwhile, will be hoping to secure a second consecutive victory in
 league  play  following a  1-0 result  over the Philadelphia  Union at home on
 April 26.
 
 The  Impact opened  the scoring  in the  14th minute  when midfielder  Patrice
 Bernier intercepted a pass along the sidelines near center field.
 
 Dribbling  towards goal,  the  Impact captain  hammered a  low  shot that  was
 knocked  down by  Union keeper Zac MacMath  as he dove to his left, but Felipe
 fired home the rebound for his second of the season.
 
 The win marked the Impact's first three-point effort of the season.
 
 "The  group has been working really hard and it really felt that we had a home
 field  advantage in the game. We fed off their energy," said Impact head coach
 Frank  Klopas. "I'm really happy for the guys because once again, they put the
 work in at training and had the right attitude coming into this game."
 
 Montreal  will  also be  hoping for  a little  revenge against Sporting, which
 thumped the Impact, 4-0, in the teams' first meeting this season.
 
 05/09 15:39:31 ET

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