Sporting KC, Impact struggle to 0-0 draw

Associated Press Modified: September 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm •  Published: September 22, 2012

MONTREAL (AP) — Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen punched away Matteo Ferrari's header in added time as Montreal struggled to a 0-0 draw Saturday to keep the Impact in the MLS playoff hunt.

Montreal picked up its first point in three games since ending its team-record five-game winning streak. Sporting KC, which leads the East with 56 points, is 8-4-3 on the road this season.

"This was a massive point for us, for sure," Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said. "A huge opportunity for us to not necessarily separate ourselves immensely, but every one of those points adds up at the end of the season."

The Impact claimed their 40th point with the draw, which kept them unbeaten in their last seven at home. Montreal, which is seventh in the Eastern Conference, had won its six previous home games since a 3-1 loss to Sporting KC on July 4.

"At the end of the day, until somebody tells me that we're mathematically out of it, we're still in it," Impact captain Davy Arnaud said. "The only thing we can now go do is win our next three games and hope that it's enough. We know it's going to be difficult because teams already have close to the points that we can possibly get, but until we're out of it we're going to keep on pushing."

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