I know it’s easy to forget about everything in the world of soccer when the dazzling vixen that is Champions League winks in our direction. Real Madrid, Bayern, Chelsea and Barcelona – oh, do go on!
But for so many, Champions League is that doe-eyed super model who comes around your local hangout once in a while. You can look and dream and enjoy … but you better not forget about your steady, the one who’s around all the time, always there no matter how much of a stinker you can be.
There’s a nice double tonight in Major League Soccer. Ben Olsen’s intriguing D.C. United side hosts expansion Montreal. United has some injury issues, and Dwayne De Rosario hasn’t yet turned his typically sharp play into a goal in 2012. Still, every MLS club will see a visit from the Impact as “gotta have” points. United is no different, and Montreal knows so.
Then come the feature mid-week match: Undefeated, untied Sporting Kansas City takes its brilliant start to Canada for a match against the aggressively improved Vancouver Whitecaps. Martin Rennie’s club has yet to convert its wealth of attacking talent into bushels of goals, but the record (2-1-2) isn’t bad, all things considered.
Meanwhile, it’s worth remembering that Sporting Kansas City, for all the hoot and holler about its hell-bent attacking style, has been outrageously stingy when it comes to allowing opposition chances. Through six games, no club has scored in the run of play. And SKC has allowed just one itty-bitty shot on target in three matches.
Carl Valentine previews the match for WhitecapsFC.com: