Kansas City, Kan. – Sporting KC ran wild over the Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon. Krizstian Nemeth notched a hat-trick, Johnny Russell scored two and notched an assist, and Gerso had two assists as well. Saphir Taider had the consolation goal for Montreal.
Sporting KC Destroy Impact behind Nemeth’s Hat-Trick
Montreal Impact was already depleted when it came to their roster. Ignacio Piatti was out with an injury, Hamadou Diallo was still suspended over his role in the dust-up with Dom Dwyer, and Harry Novillo, reportedly forgot his passport and was not able to make it to the game with the team. Already a bad start for them before the game even kicked off, it didn’t get much better on the field.
Johnny Russell got the party started 10 minutes into the game after a deflected shot fell right into his path to run onto it. He ripped a curling effort around the defenders and into the far corner. While Sporting dominated most of the first half, it took them almost until halftime to double their lead. Gerso and Nemeth played a nice give and go, setting up a 2v1 situation between Gerso, Nemeth, and Evan Bush. Gerso laid it off to Nemeth, who finished into the empty net. Sporting got yet another one after a well-worked play through Roger Espinoza, Gerso, and Felipe Gutierrez. Espinoza played in Gerso, whose ball across the face of goal was weighted and placed perfectly. All Gutierrez had to do was get a piece of his body on it to redirect it into the net. His jumping finish with his left foot was a lot harder than it look, and was weighted expertly.
Sporting scored almost immediately after halftime, as Johnny Russell got the ball in space, put Rudy Camacho on skates, then slotted home to the far post. He played provider on Nemeth’s second in the 68th minute, and finally, Ilie Sanchez assisted Nemeth as he made it clean through the backline to finish off his hat-trick.
- One last time, Sporting KC doesn’t have a striker problem. For those who continually say that Sporting KC need to spend on a number nine, at some point you’ll realize they don’t need to. Nemeth continues to prove his worth and his perfect fit for this system. He now has 8 goals in 7 games played this year. Do they need some depth help there? Probably, especially with all the injuries they have at that position right now. But to continue on with the notion that Nemeth isn’t good enough for them? It’s pretty silly.
- The Impact are not a bad team. The scoreline for them wasn’t pretty tonight in any way, shape, or form. But they’re still likely a better team than that performance. Considering they were missing three key starters, the overall result shouldn’t have been in question per say. But the scoreline sure doesn’t do their overall image justice.
- Preparation for Sporting KC was key. Peter Vermes pointed to their ability to game-plan for this match in the buildup much more than they had been able to plan other games earlier this year. Their heavy fixture congestion is likely to come to an end soon, allowing them to continue to prepare with a proper and consistent schedule, more so than they had been able too earlier this year.