By Jamie Ives
Sporting Kansas City topped the Eastern Conference last night, with a seemingly routine performance from last seasons MLS Cup champions, in which they beat the Montreal Impact 3-0 away from home.
Englishman Dom Dwyer grabbed another brace against the Impact, just as he did earlier in the season when these two met.
Paulo Nagamura chipped in with the other goal as Sporting took three points away from the Stage Saputo.
Much of the game belonged to Kansas City as they had a very impressive 78% of the possession. A mean feat in any game.
Dom Dwyer highlighted the dominance on Twitter after the game:
Great win, clean sheet, and very professional performance!! 802 passes tho?!?! Go on the boys!!
— Dom Dwyer (@Ddwyer14) May 10, 2014
The task was made much easier when Collen Warner was sent off in the sixteenth minute for handball on the goalline that prevented a certain goal, and Kansas were awarded a penalty.
Up stepped Dwyer to bury it in the bottom corner for his fifth goal of the season.
The lead was doubled in the thirty-fourth minute when a cross from the right by Chance Myers evaded everyone, but Nagamura was waiting at the back post and his scuffed shot found the far corner.
The second goal had pretty much sealed the Impacts fate, but Kansas City went on to get a third through a beautifully worked goal from Dwyer again.
Playing out from the back, the ball found Antonio Rodriguez, who played an intricate through ball which Dwyer finished superbly.
The game was all but over as USMNT star Graham Zusi was substituted, but a late chance fell to Seth Sinovic who fired over from no more than six yards.
The Impact also had a late opportunity to get on the scoreboard, with a Justin Mapp strike missing the near post by inches.
Sporting Kansas City now top the Eastern Conference but will have to deal with the imminent losses of Zusi and star centre-half Matt Besler, who seem certain to go to the World Cup with the USMNT.
Montreal will be licking their wounds after another heavy defeat at the hands of Kansas, and will be looking to overturn the 2-1 deficit in their Canadian Championship second leg on Wednesday against FC Edmonton.
Highlights via Major League’s Soccer’s official YouTube channel: