Another Must-Win For CF Montreal, Who Face Forge Again In Cup Clash
Roughly five weeks after beating Vaughan Azzuri to snap a horrible losing streak, CF Montreal find themselves in a very similar situation.
After winning four games in a row in Major League Soccer (and six in all competitions), a two-game road trip to Cincinnati and New Jersey ended with bad back-to-back losses.
“Each match is a new opportunity”, said Hernan Losada when meeting the media on Tuesday morning. “To us, this game is more important than MLS because it’s an opportunity to win a trophy.”
While the team who overcame a 1-6 start to the regular season showed an amazing run, the fatigue is starting to show and the injuries are once again piling up.
Romell Quioto did not play the last two games and, due to the holiday, Losada confirmed he was only able to get a scan today. They are still waiting on the results.
Another cool story for Wednesday night game – dubbed ‘The Choiniere Bowl’ – is the fact Mathieu Choiniere will get to go up against his brother David.
“I am very excited”, Choiniere said. “We have been chatting since we found out we would be facing each other, and the entire family is happy. We’re expecting a good game so I can’t wait.”
I also asked Losada about the two brothers facing off and got his thoughts on his first experience coaching in it.
“I think it’s special to face your brother. I never had that experience, it might be something beautiful and it’s not the first time. I remember seeing his proud mother in the stands. It’s a beautiful moment for the family and it will be the same thing tomorrow.”
I also asked Aaron Herrera if a win tomorrow is crucial to get the team going back on the right track.
“It’s a great game to give us a spark”, Herrera confirmed. “At the end of the day, it’s the next step to winning this tournament and it is a really important game for us. Every year it’s about winning trophies and we are not taking this game lightly.”
Forge FC won’t be an easy task for a team reeling in a crucial must-win situation as they are in first place in the CPL and have not yet tasted defeat yet. In 2021, it took an eleven-round penalty shootout for CF Montreal to get past them.
The winner of the match will face the winner of the other semi-final clash between Pacific FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 6th.