Montreal, QC – Sporting Kansas City will look to continue its fine run of form on Saturday when it heads to the Stade Saputo to face the Montreal Impact.
Kansas City brings the league's best road record to the Stade Saputo after picking up another away win in an impressive 2-0 result at Red Bull New York on Wednesday.
Sporting head coach Peter Vermes shed some light on what he feels makes his side such a dangerous team away from home.
"I think what happens a lot of times is, I don't think it���s much of a secret, when we play at home everybody just sticks everything behind the ball and they do play for 90 minutes with basically trying to counter us," said Vermes. "It's not a lot of space to play in; it's just what it is.
"What happens when we come to other people's places is they have to play because it's their place and they have to drive the game a little bit so they can't sit back. They have to open themselves up, and when they do we find opportunities and I think that's one of the biggest reasons why."
Sporting is unbeaten in its last seven league games, posting a 5-0-2 record over that span to enter the weekend four points clear of the second-place Chicago Fire.
Montreal, meanwhile, was at one point one of the most in-form teams in Major League Soccer. From July 28 to August 25, the Impact recorded five straight wins to get back in the playoff hunt, but two successive losses since have brought the expansion club back to reality.
While Jesse Marsch's men have just four games left and look to be a long shot to make the postseason, they are not throwing in the towel just yet.
"At the end of the day, there still are 12 points on the board for us," team captain Davy Arnaud told the club's official website. "We can go out and get those points, which we've done before. We've rolled out five games in a row this year already. I don't see any reason why this team is not capable of going on and winning the last four games. It's all we can do."
Montreal has amassed 39 points through its first 30 games in MLS, sitting six points shy of the Columbus Crew for the final postseason berth.