Blake Smith's goal lifts Impact
MONTREAL -- Rookie Blake Smith scored in extra time and the Montreal Impact ended a five-game winless slide with a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
Marco Di Vaio slipped a pass on the left side for a low shot between goalie Jimmy Nielsen's legs to end what had been a tight defensive struggle between two of the top clubs in the Eastern Conference.
Smith did a triple back flip to celebrate the goal.
Montreal (10-5-5) moved within one point of the conference-leading Kansas City (10-6-6), with two games in hand. The visitors ended a six-game undefeated streak going back to a 2-1 defeat at home to Montreal on June 1.
The Impact won the season series 2-1-0.
Smith had a chance a moment earlier that Nielsen tipped over the bar. It was one of the few solid chances of the game.
Kansas City controlled the ball for most of the first half, but didn't get a quality shot on goal.
Montreal answered with quick breaks and came close as Nielsen made a smart save on Sanna Nyassi in alone on the left side. Another chance came from a Di Vaio free kick from the edge of the penalty area that was deflected wide.
Kansas City had a free kick from 25 yards in the 86th minute, but Soony Saad put it over the bar.
Early in the second half, Perkins needed treatment on the field for a cut on the left eye after a collision with Kai Kamara. Backup Evan Bush warmed up, but Perkins stayed in the game.
Montreal sat out forward Daniele Paponi in favor of Nyassi, who scored in the team's last meeting with K.C. ... New Impact signings Hernan Bernardello and Adrian Lopez were introduced to fans at halftime. They won't play until they've had at least a week of training with the team. ... The Impact's Marco Di Vaio and Patrice Bernier will head to K.C. to play in the MLS All-Star game against AS Roma on Wednesday night. ... K.C. was without central defenders Aurelien Collin (suspended) and Matt Besler (U.S. national team duty).