There's a full slate of MLS games tonight on TSN and TSN2 with all three Canadian clubs in action.
Chicago Fire at Montreal Impact
Montreal, QC - The Montreal Impact will attempt to break the grip of a six-match losing streak in league play on Saturday when the club welcomes the Chicago Fire to Stade Saputo.
You can watch the game live on TSN2 starting at 6:30pm et/3:30pm or listen live on CJAD 800.
Montreal has struggled all season and last Saturday's loss to the Philadelphia Union was just the latest setback in what has been a nightmarish season for head coach Frank Klopas.
Montreal fell behind at PPL Park against Philadelphia after just 12 minutes when Sebastien Le Toux got on the end of a long ball from goalkeeper Zac MacMath, rounded an out-of-position Troy Perkins and fired into an empty net.
Le Toux scored his second goal of the game in the 63rd minute when his shot from the top of the 18-yard box found space in between the Impact defenders before passing the goal line.
"I wonder why we lost the game today. It seems like we can't get a little break," said Klopas. "We made two mistakes that cost us the game. In certain moments, we could have done better in the final third with our final pass that was a little bit off, but we controlled the game and got opportunities. We still have many games to play and we still have to be better in certain areas of our game."
"It was one of our best games this year and I think we were the better team. It's frustrating because we walk away with no points," added midfielder Justin Mapp. "I'm proud of the guys effort tonight."
Chicago, meanwhile, will be looking for its second straight win in league play following a 1-0 result over the New York Red Bulls last Sunday at Toyota Park.
Mike Magee netted the only goal of the contest in the 39th minute when he followed up his own missed penalty kick to beat New York goalkeeper Luis Robles.
The deciding moment of the game did not come without its fair share of controversy as Quincy Amarikwa burst into the box and got tangled up with Red Bulls defender Ambroise Oyongo and went to ground, forcing referee Ted Unkel to make a decision and he pointed directly to the spot.
Magee stepped up and ripped it toward the left side netted, but it was kept out by New York goalkeeper Luis Robles. Unfortunately for New York, Robles parried it back into the path of Magee and he slotted it into the empty net.
"I think that any coach will say that if you feel you are good enough to get the second goal, you feel you can push on. I thought tonight we looked like we were going to get the second goal," said Fire head coach Frank Yallop.
"I felt, not that we allowed our guys to go forward; you can't really coach much from the outside. I felt that they felt it. They felt like they wanted to go forward. They felt they could get the second goal, they felt confident they could keep the ball in the half of New York. If you look at the Red Bulls, they kept the ball well and they were dangerous, but we were solid and we defended at the right times. Sean [Johnson] made a great save on [Bradley] Wright-Philips, which was a good shot. It was an early shot and a good shot and he made a great save. I thought it was a good performance and I was proud of the way we played."
Toronto FC at Sporting Kansas City
Kansas City, KS - Sporting Kansas City and Toronto FC will renew their budding rivalry when the two sides meet at Sporting Park on Saturday.
You can watch the game live on TSN2 starting at 8:30pm et/6:30pm pt or listen live on TSN Radio 1050 at 7:30pm et.
The two clubs have met twice already this season with Sporting getting the better of the Canadian side by taking a total of four points.
The two clubs played to a 2-2 draw at Sporting Park on May 23 before Kansas City claimed a controversial 2-1 win at BMO Field on July 26.
The major talking point came in the opening period when Toronto, already one goal up, released Gilberto in behind the Sporting defense only to see Aurelien Collin trip up the Brazilian striker from behind. No foul was called and Collin was not sent off, and Sporting eventually grabbed two second-half goals en route to the victory.
Sporting, entering the weekend in first place with 39 points, has not won a league game since that victory over TFC, so there is plenty of incentive for Peter Vermes' men.
"We've got a lot to play for, and you can't go out in games and think that it's just going to be a walkthrough, a walk in the park," Vermes said following his side's loss at Vancouver Whitecaps FC. "The mentality was not right. Obviously, the mentality's been very good as of late, but it's a thing that you have to bring consistently. When you don't, in this league, you get your butt handed to you."
The recent slip-ups from Sporting has afforded Toronto a chance to close the gap, an opportunity it has taken as the Reds have claimed back-to-back wins.
After suffering a 3-0 defeat to D.C. United, Toronto earned consecutive road victories, most recently notching a late goal to collect three points from a 3-2 win at the Columbus Crew.
"We just want to try and evolve as a team," said TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen. "Every day, every week, we are trying to improve the team. We know we aren't at the end product yet. We are still looking to always improve the team.
"If you saw us in the start, you have seen a really nice improvement. We always want to try and get better and better, but there is still a lot we need to work on."
The fact that both of Toronto's most recent wins came on the road has given the club a bit of added confidence heading into a match at the fortress that is Sporting Park.
"We do have a confidence about us when we're away from home because we know we play a brand of football that's very dynamic," Nelsen said. "It's very attack- minded and it causes teams trouble away from home because a lot of teams, at home, open themselves up. At home, they're a bit more carefree and open and we play an attacking brand of football that can hurt teams if they're not in the right kind of organization."
Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA
Carson, CA - Chivas USA will hope to put an end to a four- match losing streak in league play on Saturday on home soil when the Goats welcome Western Conference rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC to the StubHub Center.
You can watch the game live on TSN starting at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt.
Chivas looked to have turned a corner when the club ripped off a four-match winning run from June 28-July 12, but followed up that run of positive play with a four-match skid that dropped the club to the bottom of the Western Conference with 23 points.
The Goats have been outscored 9-1 during the losing streak and haven't found the back of the net in any of their past three matches. Last time out, the club was held off the score sheet in a 2-0 loss to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.
Diego Valeri opened the scoring for Portland after just 10 minutes as he took a pass from Diego Chara and advanced the ball to the edge of the penalty area before cutting it back onto his right foot and sending a dipping strike past Dan Kennedy.
The Timbers found a second goal as Rodney Wallace got on the end of Fanendo Adi's nifty chip and slammed home his first goal of the season.
"It didn't go well the first half," said Chivas USA head coach Wilmer Cabrera. "Especially the first half we didn't play well. We were very tentative on the ball and we lost the ball in transitions and they took advantage of that and when they got the ball they put a little bit of pressure, and they went up 2-0. In the second half it was better, they were more comfortable, they waited for us and we didn't put any kind of pressure of scoring goals."
After a streak of four consecutive draws, Vancouver came up with a huge 2-0 victory over the defending champion Sporting Kansas City last Sunday. Carl Robinson's club will be aiming for a second straight win against Chivas.
Vancouver took the lead with some good fortune in the 17th minute as a misplayed defensive header by Sporting defender Igor Juliao looped over the head of a helpless Andy Gruenebaum for the own goal.
The Whitecaps doubled the advantage without the help of the Sporting defense in the 39th minute as Pedro Morales dribbled toward goal and did well to pull Aurelien Collin out of position before sliding it over to Darren Mattocks for an easy finish.
"I believed we could win the game if we did things right, because of the personnel that we've got," Robinson said. "We can cause any teams problems, and we showed that today. It could've been four or five for us on another day, but we'll take the victory."
The Whitecaps will be looking for some measure of revenge against Chivas as the Goats claimed a 3-1 win over the Whitecaps at BC Place back on July 12.