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MONTREAL -- Davy Arnaud knows the importance of having a stadium that a team can call home. Parys Haralson Jersey . And the Montreal Impact captain is looking forward to the clubs move into a revamped and expanded Saputo Stadium to face the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night. After playing their first five home games indoors on a synthetic surface at Olympic Stadium, and eight of their first 13 Major League Soccer games on the road, the Major League Soccer expansion club is ready to take ownership of its grass pitch home. They were 2-1-2 in the Big O. "There is that (special) feeling, especially because weve played so many games on the road this year," Arnaud said Friday. "I dont know how many people realize how much weve played on the road. "Its been tough for us. Having our own home, our own stadium, is important to us. Were going to play a lot of games in there. I kind of went through this last year with Kansas City, where we played a lot of games on the road and then really benefited from being at home. Hopefully well do the same thing." Sporting Kansas City played its first 10 games away from home last season, picking up only one win, before moving into Livestrong Park. In their new digs, Sporting caught fire and finished first in the Eastern Conference. When Montreal landed an MLS expansion franchise, it came with a promise to grow the stadium that opened in May, 2008 from 13,034 seats to at least 20,000. The renovated stadium, slated to hold 20,341, is ready for use even though one section of about 900 seats in the east end wont be completed until later this year. It has a new look, with 6,948 seats covered, new lighting, and more corporate boxes and concession stands. "Its more intimate now," said midfielder Patrice Bernier. "Its more compact with the covered seats. "The sound will stay inside. I think people will feel closer to the action." It was Arnaud who scored Montreals first MLS goal in a 1-1 draw at the Big O with the Chicago Fire on March 17. Now theres a chance to be the first to score at the expanded facility. Rocco Placentino was first to hit the back of the net in Saputo Stadiums previous set-up in June, 2008. "Theres a lot of parity in this league," said Bernier. "At home, we have a chance to show that while we did well at Olympic Stadium, now this is our home and to demonstrate that it will be hard to beat us at home." The game ends a nearly three-week break that allowed some MLS players to report to national teams for World Cup qualifiers. Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who played for Jamaica, will start against Seattle. The Impact ended the first section of the schedule at 3-7-3, but expect to do better with six of their next 10 games at home. It starts with a tough game against the Sounders (7-3-3), who are third in the Western Conference. "Were anxious to play," added Bernier. "It was a chance to refresh yourself physically and mentally. "There were some guys with some aches and pains. Now we have our whole team. Now we just have to be patient. We cant push too hard on the gas and get burned out by half time." Based on practice, it appears coach Jesse Marsch will go with his new 4-2-3-1 setup that has his three top midfielders -- Arnaud, Felipe Martins and Justin Mapp -- supporting a single striker. On Friday, that was rookie Andrew Wenger, which would leave big striker Bernardo Corradi on the bench. The back line has Zarek Valentin, Nelson Rivas, Matteo Ferrari and Jeb Brovsky. The Sounders were one of Montreals chief rivals for championships when both were in lower leagues. Montreal beat Seattle 2-0 in the final to claim the A-League title in 2004, only to lose to the Sounders in the second round of playoffs the following year. Chris Culliver Jersey .ca as TSN gets you set for the 2012 SportsCentre Year In Review. 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The Braves jumped on Cincinnatis Johnny Cueto early Tuesday night and Hudson pitched seven strong innings to beat the Reds 6-2.VERONA, Italy -- AC Milan held on for a 1-0 win at Chievo Verona on Tuesday to end a four-match winless streak and take the provisional Serie A lead, although the defending champions were far from dominant. Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari scored eight minutes in at the Bentegodi stadium with a shot from 25 metres (yards) that appeared to surprise Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino. Chievo created several chances but couldnt finish, even with Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati slowed by a foot injury. Milan moved two points clear of Juventus, which hosts third-place Lazio on Wednesday. "If we hadnt won, we could have definitively dropped out of the title race," Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri said. "We didnt play well but we played with heart and determination and we got the result." Chievo remained ninth, 25 points back. "Its important to keep the pressure up on Juventus. Chievo is having a good season and it was a difficult match," said Milan defender Mario Yepes, who formerly played for Chievo. ";Now we can watch tomorrow, but weve got to win all of our remaining matches. Bruce Miller Jersey. " Milan had slumped to a 1-1 draw with Catania and a 2-1 loss at home to Fiorentina in its last two league matches, and split those with a defeat to Barcelona that eliminated it from the Champions League quarterfinals. Under a driving rain, Milan quickly got back on track with Muntaris goal, but then settled back to defend its lead. Chievo forward Alberto Paloschi had a goal annulled for offside in the 24th and French striker Cyril Thereau missed wide on two more chances for the hosts before the break. Milan forward Robinho dribbled by a defender in the 37th but shot wide. In the 50th, Abbiati stopped a dangerous shot from Paolo Sammarco and Zlatan Ibrahimovic curved a shot wide in the 76th to conclude a counterattack in one of Milans few second-half chances. Chievo argued for penalty after a handball by Alessandro Nesta in the 81st, although offside had already been whistled. Milan next hosts Genoa at the San Siro on Saturday. ' ' '

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