CF Montreal’s Road Struggles Continue In Atlanta United
CF Montreal suffered another tough loss on Saturday night losing 4-1 on the road to Atlanta United at Mercedez Benz Stadium.
“They are a good team and it’s a tough stadium to play in,” Losada admitted in his post-game press conference. “We know it would be complicated, but even knowing that we created chances and it’s unfortunate the way we started the second half.”
The home team got off to a very strong start and four minutes in as Giorgos Giakoumakis got things going with a good first shot on target and an early save for Montreal keeper Jonathan Sirois.
“We wanted to stay in the game and fight to the end because we knew Atlanta gives up a lot of chances to score and concede goals, and they score a lot.”
Atlanta controlled the game and the possession early on leaving CF Montreal with only 20% of the possession in the first 20 minutes of the match.
“Offensively I feel we progressed tonight and individually we played against a team with a lot of quality.”
In the 20th minute, it was Xande Silva for Atlanta with a chance at goal but was denied by Sirois but 10 minutes later redeemed himself when he got a pass from Saba Lobjanidze and was able to beat him to open the scoring.
“They know how to play on this surface so we have to give them a lot of credit.”
Two minutes later Atlanta doubled their lead when Thiago Almada finished a play by getting a solid pass from Silva and beating Sirois.
“The idea was to create a low block in a 3-5-2 and I think the shift was very slow. I don’t believe we were aggressive enough or we didn’t believe enough.”
CF Montreal got within one in the 40th minute when Ahmed Hamdi, who got his first start in the starting eleven, since June got a quick pass from Lassi Lappalainen and fired the ball into the back of the net.
“We stay positive despite the result,” responded Mathieu Choiniere when asked about his team suffering tonight and the fact they haven’t won a game in their last five matches, with four games left in the season.
“After this loss, we know we have four games left and our fate is in our hands. We need to stay positive.”
It looked like the resiliency of the team was looking well but unfortunately, a minute into the second half Atlanta made it 3-1 when Giokoumakis forced a turnover and was able to chip the ball over the head of Sirois and into the net.
At first, it looked like the goal was overturned due to the play being offside, but the ref went to VAR to confirm and after a review, the goal was confirmed.
“It was frustrating and not fun at all. They had the ball more than us and we were always defending, and when we have issues like that we need to adjust.”
In the 53rd minute, Chinonso Offor thought he scored his fifth goal of the season, but his header went off the post and stayed out to his dismay.
” We created chances and I think we are capable of doing that and I honestly felt with our chances we could have scored three goals tonight.”
In the 87th minute things turned ugly for CF Montreal as Joel Waterman was shown a straight red card for taking down a player. He was shown a red because he was the last defender.
“We had a lack of concentration,” admitted Samuel Piette when asked about the game tonight. “Individual errors for sure. It’s unfortunate and I felt down 2-0 we weren’t even in the game anymore, but at 2-1 I felt we were still in it.”
Two minutes later Atlanta scored their fourth goal of the match when Edwin Mosquera got a quick feed from Almada and beat Sirois with a solid strike.
“It was very difficult tactically for us and I felt Atlanta was lightyears better than us.”
Piette was also asked about the adjustments he felt should have been done and he felt like the team should have been more prepared.
“We need to be better prepared in terms of how we want to defend and a bit more clarity. It’s very difficult to prepare when you played two days ago and we got destroyed tactically.”
CF Montreal now has four games left and will be back in action next Saturday when they will once again be on the road in Florida to face Orlando City SC.
They are still in eighth place after tonight thanks to DC United losing 5-3 to the New York Red Bulls, while the Chicago Fire were able to get a draw against the New England Revolution.
NYFC was scheduled to face TFC on Saturday night but a pipe burst at the stadium in New York and the game got rescheduled to Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.