Two teams that have made some big moves in the offseason face off in the second game of today's Disney Pro Soccer Classic quadrupleheader.
Montréal boosted its foreign legion with a pair of midfield signings: Andrea Pisanu from Italy and Andrés Romero from Argentina. They join a very cosmpolitan squad that includes Marco Di Vaio, Alessandro Nesta and Felipe Martins.
But there are some North American accents - and familiar ones at that - in Lititz, Pa., native Andrew Wenger and Lancaster native Zarek Valentin.
Today's game is also the debut for new Impact manager Marco Schällibaum. With no previous experience in MLS, it will be interesting to see how Schällibaum puts his coaching philosophy into play for the first time.
Kansas City's offseason moves brought significant firepower to a team that was already one of Major League Soccer's best. Peter Vermes acquired mercurial midfielder Benny Feilhaber from New England, then signed Argentine forward Claudio Bieler as a Designated Player.
Although Kei Kamara is gone to English club Norwich City, Sporting still has one of the strongest squads in MLS. They're also the team that the Union will face in its season opener on March 2. So today brings an opportunity for fans to do some advance scouting.
The game kicks off at around 3:00 p.m. Eastern.
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper: Jimmy Nielsen
Defenders: Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Aurélien Collin, Mechack Jérôme
Midfielders: Oriol Rosell, Paulo Nagamura; Benny Feilhaber
Forwards: Bobby Convey, Mauro Bieler, Graham Zusi
Montréal Impact (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Troy Perkins
Defenders: Zarek Valentin, Alessandro Nesta, Matteo Ferrari, Dennis Iapichino
Midfielders: Patrice Bernier, Hassoun Camara; Davy Arnaud, Felipe Martins, Sanna Nyassi
Forward: Marco Di Vaio