Sporting Kansas City came to Montreal as advertised , with the intention to impose its style of play. Even at Stade Saputo, KC seemed to be the home team. Even with the Impact being very active at the start of the game, the visitors had most of the ball possession, chances and breaks.
But Stade Saputo pushed the Montreal Impact until the last minutes of the game and the team responded to that support. At the 95th minute, Blake Smith scores the only goal of the game, in what was the Montreal Impact's best play of the game.
The tone of the game was set very early when Seth Sinovic gets a yellow card after a hard tackle on Justin Mapp. That happened at the first minute of the game and it was physical for the rest of the game. A total of 38 fouls were registered on Saturday night, the most fouls in a MLS game in 2013.
Ball possession might have seemed even in the first half but Sporting Kansas City seemed to be more dangerous and efficient. With the Impact opting for quick breaks, at the 20th minute, Justin Mapp finds Sanna Nyassi as the Gambian was making run on the left side of the box. On a break, Nyassi tries to beat Jimmy Nielsen with a high shot but the Danish goalkeeper makes a huge save and keeps a clean sheet.
Sporting Kansas City could have scored twice in the second half but Troy Perkins and Hassoun Camara made sure it did not happen. At the 52nd minute, after a Graham Zusi free kick, the ball bounces around and Bieler attempts a half-volley. Perkins makes a save after remarkbly tracking the ball as Kansas City earns a corner kick.
At the 63rd minute, Bieler is back at it again when he taps in Benny Feilhaber's cross into the box. But Camara was also tracking the ball and with a desperate dive/tackle, he blocks Bieler's shot.
As the game went on, more and more space was being found in the midfield and Montreal was pushing for the win. With less than a minute left in the game, Marco Di Vaio finds Blake Smith on the left side of the box. The MLS rookie controls the ball calmly and shoots between Nielsen's legs for the winning and only goal of the game.
With that big win, the Montreal Impact is tied with the New York Red Bulls at 35 points. As the New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union and the Red Bulls won their respective games, getting that last-minute goal just took a bigger importance.