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Montreal Impact vs Sporting Kansas City preview: Three Questions with the Daily Wiz

We start the preview of the game between the Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City with Ben Gartland of the Daily Wiz.


Ben and I do not waste time as we exchange questions and answers about the teams that we respectively cover. Winless in 5 games, the Montreal Impact faces a Sporting Kansas City team on a 3-game win streak. With notable absentees (Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin), Peter Vermes' men still come in Montreal with confidence but weary of an experienced team.

1) Let's cut to chase Ben and go at it. Is there a rivalry between the Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City? or is it just a thought in the #IMFC imaginarium?

I think it has the potential for a rivalry and I've certainly disliked Montreal this season but it will take time to grow. I can think of at least three teams I hate more than Montreal right now (Real Salt Lake, Seattle and Houston) but there is potential for a rivalry if these two teams are battling for the top of the East year in and year out.

Now, if these two teams have an Eastern Conference final match that is full of physicality and cards then we might jump start a rivalry there.

2) With absences due to international call-ups and suspensions, do we expect KC to play as well at Stade Saputo than it does at Sporting Park?

Funny enough, Sporting actually has a better winning percentage on the road than it does at home. They've gotten eight results out of ten games on the road while getting eight results out of eleven at home. It's a surprising number given that Sporting Park is supposedly one of the toughest places to play in. Regardless, the loss of Matt Besler and Aurelein Collin due to a mixture of reasons will really hurt the Sporting back line. The heavy attack that Montreal puts out will really test Ike Opara and Lawrence Olum in the back and I have a bad feeling that the Impact may have the upper hand in this one.

3) We all know the big guns of Sporting KC. But who is that hidden dangerous gem that observers might be forgetting about?

He won't be hidden for long but that hidden gem has got to be Soony Saad. He was a spot substitute earlier on in the year before getting a chance to start. Since then he's been extremely impressive, creating a force on the wing by offering up chances and scoring goals all by himself. He's scored three goals in two games and doesn't look to be slowing down. The Saad-Bieler-Kamara front line has been the best combination that Sporting has had all season because they compliment each other well.

You can check out my answers to their questions here.