Sporting Kansas City owes the Montreal Impact.
Playing a makeshift lineup in the first meeting between the clubs May 5 at Livestrong Sporting Park, the expansion Impact stunned Sporting KC 2-0 behind Felipe’s first-half goal and Patrice Bernier’s second-half penalty kick.
Despite being outshot 22-6 and managing only two shots on goal, Montreal picked up one of its five wins this season.
“We were overconfident,” defender Matt Besler said. “We lost that game at Portland and then came back and thought, ‘We’re back home now. Everything’s going to be great. Just because we’re at home we’re going to win this game.’ You can’t do that.”
The lackluster effort was far more disappointing than the final result.
“We went into that game, for the only time that I’ve been here, without the right attitude,” Besler said. “We’re not going to let that happen again — certainly not this game.”
Making its first appearance at the newest stadium in MLS, Sporting KC, 9-5-2, hopes to repay the favor by knocking off the Impact, 5-10-3, at 6 tonight.
“It’s always good to go back and get some points from somebody, because they stole some from you, but at the end of the day we just have to go after the game,” coach Peter Vermes said.
While Vermes downplayed revenge as a motive, Sporting KC’s players can’t shake the memory of that disappointing result two months ago.
“They came to our place and beat us, so we owe them one,” second-year forward C.J. Sapong said. “Our effort wasn’t where it needed to be. That’s been the story of a couple games this year and we’re trying to erase that.”
Sporting KC has lost two straight games: 4-0 on June 23 at Philadelphia and 1-0 last Friday at home against Chicago.
Like the original meeting against Montreal, the effort wasn’t there against the Union. But Vermes lauded the tempo Sporting KC played with in 100-degree heat against the Fire — a performance that included 27 shots and 34 crosses into the box.
Sporting KC was unlucky to lose against Chicago and hopes that sustained effort will right the ship.
“We need to start paying attention to the details a little harder and, if we do that, hopefully the luck part of the game will turn around to our side,” Besler said.Cup qualifier tickets
Tickets for the U.S. men’s national team’s World Cup qualifier Oct. 16 against Guatemala will go on sale at 10 a.m. July 24 to the general public through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 at Ticketmaster centers throughout Kansas City as well as at the Livestrong Sporting Park box office.
Ultimate Fan Tickets — a special VIP package that includes a premium ticket, custom-made national team jersey along with field access before and after the game — are available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
Visa cardholders will have access to an advance sale, which begins at 10 a.m. July 20 and ends at 8 a.m. July 24. Purchases must be made with a Visa card and conditions apply.