MatchDay #5: Can Sporting KC end a few streaks?

03/30/2013 1:23 AM

05/20/2014 10:41 AM

There are two important streaks in play when Sporting Kansas City hosts the Montreal Impact.

1. Kansas City hasn't scored a goal since Claudio Bieler found the net in the 77th minute against Toronto, a streak that stands at 193 minutes. During this stretch, Kansas City have looked dominant in possession but lacking ideas in the final third.

2. Montreal have yet to lose in 2013, having rolled Seattle, Portland, Toronto and New York so far. During this stretch, Montreal have looked dominant in every area of the field and have been downright lethal on the counter attack.

Ending the first streak might just help Sporting KC end the second.

Of course, there's a third streak that Kansas City does want to keep going: KC haven't allowed a goal in 249 minutes.

Let's get this preview started by beginning with basics.

The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. If you can't make it to the game, KSMO-TV will have the broadcast with Callum Williams and Jake Yadrich. It's also going to be available for those outside of Kansas City as a live stream on MLSsoccer.com. (

Check it out here.

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Two Questions

1. Can KC's defense keep Marco Di Vaio in check?

Montreal's main threat in attack lives and dies riding the offside line. Seriously. This year, he's been called for offside 16 times through four games. (As a matter of comparison, Bieler has been called for offside five times and that leads KC.) Last year, he rang up the second-most offside calls in the league -- and he only played 17 of the 34 games!

Here's the thing: He can ride that line so often because he can do this.

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