A defensive mistake by the Impact in the last minute of play handed Sporting Kansas City a 2-1 victory over Montreal at Saputo Stadium on Saturday.
Dom Dwyer scored both goals for Sporting — his fifth and sixth goals of the season against Montreal — to lead Kansas City (8-5-5) to its third victory in its last four games.
The game was tied in the 89th minute when a seemingly standard defensive play quickly turned into bedlam for the Impact. Defender Heath Pearce and goalkeeper Troy Perkins got their wires crossed, and neither cleared a harmless ball away from the 18-yard box. The hesitation was enough for Dwyer to pounce on the loose ball, scoring yet another brace against the Impact.
Marco Di Vaio scored in the first half for the Impact (3-9-5), his first goal in seven career games versus Sporting.
Dwyer scored two goals in each of Sporting’s two victories over Montreal this season.
The 23-year-old got to work early on Saturday, beating Perkins in the 4th minute of play. Centre back Matt Besler, making his first appearance for Sporting KC since returning from the FIFA World Cup, sent a long throw-in into the box from the corner flag. Impact defender Matteo Ferrari blew his coverage, and Dwyer walked in all alone to fire home his 13th goal of the season.
Di Vaio answered with a header of his own in the 28th minute, erasing Kansas’ early lead in the process. The Italian striker gave goalie Andy Gruenebaum no chance with an accurate shot that rang off the back post before crossing the line. Gruenebaum, who got the start in net in place of the injured Eric Kronberg, only needed to make one save on the night.
Besides Di Vaio’s goal — on a rare counter-attack by the Impact — Sporting dominated possession in the first 45 minutes, penning Montreal deep in its own half of the pitch for long stretches. Kansas City went to the dressing room having seen two thirds of the ball.
Chances were a little more even in the second.
Antonio Dovale came close to giving Sporting the lead in the 60th minute, but Perkins threw his body in front of the point-blank range strike.
Montreal’s Felipe countered with back-to-back opportunities of his own, but the Brazilian gave the ball away in the box on both occasions.
A rare offensive outburst by Hassoun Camara almost gave the Impact the victory four minutes from time, but the defender’s shot flew just wide.