CF Montreal Hangs On To Beat New York Red Bulls
While it wasn’t perfect, CF Montreal made a massive improvement from the first six games of the season where they only managed to get one win.
The move to acquire Bryce Duke and Ariel Lassiter seems to have done wonders for them, bringing freshness into the team and players that have made an immediate impact.
An own goal by Andres Reyes and an insurance goal late in stoppage time sealed a 2-0 win for the home team in front of their fans for an unbelievable night in Montreal.
Goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois also secured his first MLS clean sheet and said after the game the team has been extensively watching video, and through the last couple of games and mostly tonight that they figured out where to be.
In the first ten minutes of the game, it was actually the visitors who got off to a better start attacking the net at will and putting pressure right away on the Montreal defense and Sirois.
The home side stood their ground and their patience paid off as in the 25th minute it looked like Chinonso Offor managed to deflect into the net but after review, it was deemed Offor never touched the ball.
30 minutes into the game the visitors were outshooting them 6-0, but Montreal was leading even without having a shot on net in the game at that point.
In the 38th minute, it was the new kid Bryce Duke with Montreal’s first shot of the game and on target, and the Red Bulls keeper Carlos Coronel was forced to make his first save of the night.
On the ensuing play Victor Wanyama had a scoring chance as he was able to flick a ball on target but again was denied by Coronel who had no issue making the save.
In the 49th minute, it was Ariel Lassiter’s turn with a quick run up the pitch and another shot on target which was saved by Coronel.
16 minutes later CF Montreal got in trouble and was a man down after Ilias Iliadis was shown a second yellow card for delaying the game and shown a red and the team was down to ten men.
Despite being a man down, CF Montreal kept its composure and in the 83rd minute Sirois made a crucial save on Kyle Duncan, who managed to get a solid header on target.
Mathieu Choiniere sealed the win for CF Montreal in dying minutes of added time when Chinonso Offor got a shot on target but Coronel left a juicy rebound and Choiniere pounced on it and scored.
After the game head coach Hernan Losada spoke about the team improving and how things were starting to fall into place.
“It is a minimum standard to take points in this league,” Losada said. “we will try to play our style of play and our philosophy and we try to build from the back and we try to find our creative players.”
Mathieu Choiniere, who scored the insurance marker, spoke about things finally coming together.
“We all worked together,” Choiniere said. “We are all working together and we are all on the same page and it showed in the result.”
CF Montreal will be back in action next Saturday when they hit the road once again to face Sporting Kansas City.