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Billy Haisley of Deadspin.com has his view points towards MLS and the expansion of MLS. Calvin Lasister takes a reproach towards defending the legacy and growth of the league.
Dear Billy Haisley, I recently read another MLS article you wrote today and it strikes a nerve. I've come to expect many things from Deadspin and enjoy most of them, but this takes the cake. Your anti-MLS bias shows yet again. You clearly don't like the league and believe that your position at Deadspin entitles you to have the "WE PUSH AROUND ESPN SO I CAN PUSH AROUND ANYONE" attitude and it's getting pretty silly.
​I'm not the biggest fan of the Atlanta expansion for some of those reasons but it's more stable than you made it seem. Terminus Legion, their supporter's group, has already been formed from the long established NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks' fan groups and seems to be growing by the day. They sold out last year's Soccer Bowl NASL championship game long before anyone knew they were going to get blown off the map by non salary capped New York Cosmos.
​​You talk about St. Louis being a more deserving candidate but you fail to realize that the reason they're never considered is the main factor you hate the Atlanta idea: money and local ownership. When Albert Pujols left town, the Collinsville, IL plan died and MLS expansion plans truly hit rock bottom after the collapse of AC St. Louis. But you would know this if you truly enjoyed American soccer eh?
Complete and total face palm in your comments towards the Chivas USA sale to MLS. It wasn't a cash flip that caused Jorge Vergara to sell CUSA back to Don Garber, it was the fact that the Chivas brand wasn't working in LA like he had intended and the league truly wanted him out and wanted to rebrand the franchise plus add local ownership in a way that Mr. Vergara could never understand. He got his cash, MLS got a restart, it was an overall win but you neglect to point that out. Woof.
Gotta applaud you overall on your MLS ignorance towards teams like Sporting Kansas City and their benches. The highest paid player and only designated player on the team, Claudio Bieler, has been playing mainly off the bench at SKC after the rise of Dom Dwyer. You'd recognize this if you'd WATCHED THE FREAKING 2013 MLS CUP PLAYOFFS AS A WHOLE. What was the last game you watched, Chivas USA vs New York Red Bulls in 2007?
One last thing, you say that the league is being watered down by all this addition, yet don't look at the results. There has never been so much parity in American soccer since the arrival of the designated player rule in 2007. 6 different teams have lifted the trophy and 9 different teams have made an appearance in the championship game. In a league that had a dominant David Beckham for 6 seasons, it took him in his second to last year to finally lift that trophy that got oh so close to him several times. He learned, like many others, that MLS is more physical and fair than the so called European powers.
Gimme my American soccer, where at the beginning of each season, I know my squad has a chance, compared to Europe, where 4 teams in each league might get into the top 2. Gimme my local hometown team, players that aren't paid too much and afraid to have any contact with public. I could grow up ignoring a local MLS side, or I could embrace it, and watch that MLS team potentially grow to be one of the world's best. Don't dog America's league, it's ours.










Aurelien Collin's early exit from Sporting KC's 4-0 win over Montreal is not cause for concern according to the centerback.
Immediately after Dom Dwyer put Sporting Kansas City up 3-0 against the Montreal Impact, Aurelien Collin said he felt a twinge in his hamstring, causing him to leave the match in the 76th minute.
"I'm a wise old man, but I used to be crazy and would have finished the game," Collin said after the game. "But we were up 3-0 and we have an important game next week and I think that with ten minutes left I was okay to go out and to be safe for the next game."
Collin also said that he "feels good" about his hamstring, that he will be okay for next week's match with the New England Revolution and that it was a wise decision to come out.
Peter Vermes jokingly said that coming out of the game was the best decision Collin made all night.
"He knows me," Collin said when he heard about Vermes' comments. "Four years ago I would have stayed on the field, now I'm a wise old man."
This news comes good for Sporting KC who, due to the season-ending injury of Ike Opara, have been left very thin at centerback depth. A severe Collin injury would have made the situation much worse.
Another dominant performance, but this one ends in a win. Player ratings and some thoughts from Sporting Kansas City v Montreal Impact.
So it was nice to finally see a really good performance translate into a win. And goals! Oh the goals, the goals. I remember those. They're fun to see. Especially when they're coming from the run of play and not just set pieces and such.
I'm not even really sure how much to recap. Sporting Kansas City got the best of every category over the Montreal Impact. They were even fouled more!
Will those goals mean Dom Dwyer wakes up? Maybe a good time to stick him on a fantasy team. Then again, he seems like he feeds off adversity, so maybe he's the rare striker where confidence and good form are bad for his game? But I doubt it...
And Collin, eh? What a cheeky little backheel flick he had for Dwyer's first goal. Really good stuff. From everyone.
That's about all I have for my commentary, actually. I'm really happy with the performance and the result and the goals and the weather and everything. Here's some ratings.







Montreal Impact


Troy Perkins
5.0


Matteo Ferrari
4.5


Eric Miller
3.9


Hassoun Camara
4.2


Karl Ouimette
4.2


Justin Mapp
4.2


Felipe
4.7


Collen Warner
4.5


Patrice Bernier
4.7


Callum Mallace
3.9


Jack McInerney
4.2


Marco Di Vaio
4.2


Andres Romero
4.5


Team Average
4.4






Sporting Kansas City


Eric Kronberg
5.8


Aurelien Collin
7.7


Matt Besler
6.1


Seth Sinovic
5.8


Chance Myers
5.5


Lawrence Olum
6.6


Benny Feilhaber
5.0


Graham Zusi
6.1


Sal Zizzo
4.7


Paulo Nagamura
4.7


Alex Martinez
4.2


Jacob Peterson
4.7


Dom Dwyer
7.1


Claudio Bieler
4.2


Team Average
5.6




So maybe a little surprising to see Collin rated higher than Dom, but remember, he did have a goal, an assist, and was part of a backline that a clean sheet. Well earned in my book.
I suppose the only remaining question is whether Sporting Kansas City looked that good, or the Montreal Impact looked that bad? I'm going to say both.


A Dom Dwyer brace and a dominant second half performance gives Sporting KC a 4-0 win over the Impact.
An Impact first half opened the scoring and three second half goals, one by Aurelien Collin and two by Dom Dwyer, shut the door as Sporting Kansas City defeated the Montreal Impact 4-0.
Sporting Kansas City moved into a tie with Columbus for first in the Eastern Conference with the win, while Montreal maintained their place in tenth in the conference.
Montreal almost went on the board first in the 14th minute when the Impact caught Sporting Kansas City too far forward. Felipe and Marco Di Vaio created a two-pronged attack against Eric Kronberg. Felipe passed the ball to Di Vaio but Aurelien Collin was there to knock his shot off the line and to keep the score level.
Sporting KC was kept down offensively for the start of the game, not registering a shot until the 26th minute. That shot would come on a sublime through ball from Benny Feilhaber to Sal Zizzo into the box, but Zizzo's shot was blocked by Impact keeper Troy Perkins as he came up to knock Zizzo off his shot.
It wouldn't take long after that first shot for Sporting to get their first score. Matt Besler's thrown in was headed into the net in a disputed fashion -- either Aurelien Collin or Lawrence Olum getting the score -- but the goal was granted to Collin originally. It would later be corrected to an own goal by the Impact. Sporting KC went up front 1-0 in the first half after that and continued to press the Impact defense.
Justin Mapp would be the first booking of the night after he went hard on a tackle on Matt Besler in the 38th minute. It was his first yellow of the year and it set up a free kick for Sporting KC that did not result in anything substantial.
Play would be neutral for the last few minutes of the half with neither team able to push forward enough to create a chance, making the halftime score 1-0 in favor of Sporting Kansas City.
Sporting Kansas City controlled possession in the second half but were not able to grab anything substatial in terms of an attack until the 67th minute when a through ball was sent into the middle of the box for Dom Dwyer. Troy Perkins, however, blocked the shot with his face and then was up to catch Zusi's shot on the rebound. He went down for a couple minutes but was soon back up on his feet and play resumed.
It would only be a few minutes later before Sporting KC struck again. After the ball pinged around the box after a throw in, Lawrence Olum knocked the ball loose and left it for Aurelien Collin at the top of the box, where he slotted in it far post to give Sporting Kansas City a 2-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Jacob Peterson -- who came on as a sub just minutes earlier -- sent an extremely accurate cross into the box where Dom Dwyer was there to hammer it home after a wonderful dummy from Aurelien Collin. It was his third goal of the year and the rout was officially on for Sporting KC.
Dwyer wasn't finished with that goal, as Sporting Kansas City continued to pour on the offense. Graham Zusi sent in an uncontested cross into the box, where Dwyer masterfully headed the ball past Perkins and into the goal to complete the brace. Sporting increased their lead to 4-0 with the 86th minute goal.
Sporting KC will travel to New England next Saturday to take on the Revs.
Previews, recaps and analysis of the Sporting Kansas City vs. Montreal Impact match
1) The impact have been off to a tepid start in 2014, quite the opposite of last year. What's the reason behind the slow start and how do they get back on track?

As much as a club must be praised for not making 200 moves every offseason, the Montreal Impact was too quiet and did not get needed reinforcements. Even the club admitted that it started "too well" while not denying that it worked hard to be ready in 2013.
But yet again, another head coach is at the helm of a veteran squad that needed help. The squad needed to get used to another coach, another mentality and another way of doing things.
The symbol of an inactive and ineffective offseason was that the club is still considering Nelson Rivas as an important piece of the defense as he still recovers from a knee injury.

2) How will Jack McInerny change the way Montreal plays and is he a better fit than Wenger?

JackMac is not a savior but he is not some random MLS utility player. He brings depth on the bench, can be a bonified starter for Klopas and complement Di Vaio.
As per formations, having both McInerney and Di Vaio , on the pitch, will push the club to a 4-4-2 that can be modified with Di Vaio playing behind McInerney.
As a player, the ex-Philly striker is an upgrade over Wenger as he seems a better fit with Di Vaio than Wenger ever was.

3) Is the team any different tactically under Frank Klopas or is it a similar style to last year?

The style might be different but I could not tell you. Klopas has not been here long enough to actually discern his style. I will admit that the club is willing to press more and provoke mistakes. But the squad has barely changed with the same qualities and faults.
The Klopas-effect will have to wait as this is still Nick De Santis' team, the Sporting Director.
Live updates and opinions from the Sporting Kansas City vs. Montreal Impact match

The Teams

Sporting Kansas City
2-2-1, 1-2-0 at home
8 Points

3rd in the East

Manager: Peter Vermes (6th season)




Montreal Impact


0-3-3, 0-1-2 on the road
3 Points
10th in the East
Manager: Frank Klopas (First Season)
Other Info
Lineups

#SportingKC XI vs. #IMFC: Kronberg; Myers, Collin, Besler (C), Sinovic; Olum, Nagamura, Feilhaber; Zizzo, Dwyer, Zusi #SKCvMTL
— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) April 19, 2014


#SportingKC available subs vs. #IMFC: Gruenebaum, Juliao, Martinez, Dovale, Saad, Bieler, Peterson #SKCvMTL
— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) April 19, 2014


XI #IMFC vs @SportingKC Perkins; Miller Ferrari Ouimette Tissot; Mallace Bernier (C); Mapp Felipe Warner; Di Vaio #IMFClive
— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) April 19, 2014


Subs #IMFC vs @SportingKC | Bush, Brovsky, Camara, Pearce, Romero, Gonzalez, McInerney. #IMFClive
— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) April 19, 2014


Date: April 19th, 2014



Gametime: 7:30 pm central


TV: KCMI-38


Location: Sporting Park, Kansas City Kansas



The winless Montreal Impact come into Sporting Park to face off with Sporting Kansas City.
About the Teams
Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City comes into this match off a bye week, meaning they are the best rested they have been since before the crazy start to the season. They'll be missing Uri Rosell for this match off a red card suspension from the previous match against Real Salt Lake, so Lawrence Olum is likely to be in the starting lineup. Other than that, they should have a full strength starting lineup. The season-ending injury to Ike Opara leaves them very thin at centerback depth, so expect Eric Palmer-Brown to be on the bench as an emergency substitute.
Montreal Impact
Montreal is a team that seems to play Kansas City better than they should, or at least get better results. The have faced SKC 6 times, winning three, dropping two and one draw. Throw in new coach Frank Klopas who seemed to manage Chicago getting better results than they should against Kansas City and it could be a dangerous match for the home team. The Impact started with three straight losses and are still winless but now have three draws to their credit so them seem to be improving,
Who to Watch
Sporting Kansas City - Lawrence Olum
With Rosell out, Olum is the likely starter at the defensive mid spot and the game could very well turn on how well he fills in. If Olum struggles, the back line could well have Montreal players running at them all night, if he plays well the defense will have time to turn most attacks. Extra special reason: I played the match on FIFA 14 and Olum scored the winning goal.
Montreal Impact - Troy Perkins
Montreal will give Sporting KC chances. It will probably be like most games where the home team creates lots of chances. The biggest questions is will Perkins have the game of his season (like every other visiting keeper to Sporting Park) and come up big time after time.
Why They Will Win
Sporting Kansas City
The home team is rested, mostly healthy, the better team, in better form (not their best) and several players are due to have some bounces go their way with shots. Dwyer, Zusi, Zizzo, Feilhaber all have the potential to get on the score sheet.
Montreal Impact
Montreal has stolen games before and Klopas has managed to frustrate Kansas City multiple times. Never ever  rule out Di Vaio scoring.
Predictions
Lineups
Sporting Kansas City - Kronberg - Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic - Nagamura, Olum, Feilhaber, - Zusi, Dwyer, Zizzo
Montreal Impact - Perkins
Scoreline
Sporting KC 2-1 Montreal
Montreal scares Sporting KC by scoring first but a quick counter evens it up with the home team pulling it out in the second half. IF Sporting takes lead early, it could turn into a larger scoreline.