Sporting KC hands Impact their 1st loss, 2-0
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Claudio Bieler scored his third goal of the season, and Sporting Kansas City defeated previously unbeaten Montreal 2-0 on Saturday night in a match that saw the ejection of Impact coach Marco Schaellibaum.
Schaellibaum was sent off in the 81st minute, shortly after Graham Zusi’s goal put Sporting up 2-0, for squirting water out of a water bottle at Sporting’s bench and fourth official Matthew Foerster. He will miss the Impact’s home game against Columbus on April 13. Montreal lost for the first time after a 4-0 start.
Sporting (2-1-2) broke a three-match winless streak and a 197-minute goal drought, and Jimmy Nielsen recorded his third straight shutout. Benny Feilhaber recorded his first two assists of the season.
In the fifth minute, Feilhaber sent a through ball to Bieler, who made one touch to get free and put his shot into the lower right corner. Zusi made it 2-0 in the 80th, taking Feilhaber’s pass and shaking off defender Karl Ouimette before chipping the ball home.
Montreal did not get a shot on goal until the 60th minute, when Nielsen had to dive to his left to knock away Marco Di Vaio’s left-footed volley.