CF Montreal’s Late Comeback Secures Draw With DC United
Hernan Losada’s return to DC was a pretty successful one as his team managed to secure a late 2-2 draw to avoid another road loss this season.
Once again CF Montreal was slow out of the gates, with DC United using a high block to avoid any scoring opportunities and once again they lacked finish in the final third.
Just as the team was about to go into the locker room at halftime Donovan Pines broke the deadlock off a corner kick as he managed to get a header that went into the back of the net.
“Energy,” Losada said when asked about the crucial changes he made which helped the team pull off a late come back and secure the draw.
“We were very tired at the end of the first half and I wanted to make the changes earlier but the play almost never stopped.”
DC United managed to double their lead in the 59th minute as a ball came to Theodore Ku-Dipietro in the box off Christian Benteke and he managed to beat Jonathan Sirois from in close.
“Unfortunately we took the second goal but the changes we made today made the difference.”
Those changes were bringing in Sunusi Ibrahim who got CF Montreal within one in the 80th minute as he was able to get a cross from Ariel Lassiter and head it into the back of the net.
A minute later Ibrahim managed to find Lassiter, who was able to beat DC keeper Tyler Miller to knot the game at two and despite a late surge was only able to secure a draw.
“At the end, I felt we could win the game but it’s a crucial point and this positive energy feels good.”
Matko Miljevic, for the third game in a row, was a healthy scratch and most likely he is not playing due to issues internally with the club.
There was a scary moment late in the second half when Rudy Camacho went for a header and got hit in the head with Benteke’s knee and was taken off on a stretcher.
Losada did confirm however after the game that he was fine and was talking with everyone.
I asked Losada if he was pleased with his team’s resiliency and the mentality not to give up.
“I am very proud, they scored two goals when this game was very equal and you are playing against top-class players who played in the top competitions in Europe, so it’s not easy to score two goals against this team and to still believe and it will never be over against CF Montreal.”
I asked Lassiter about what he thought was the major difference tonight between the first 80 minutes and the final 15 added time included.
“Goals change games,” Lassiter said. “I said at the huddle one goal can change it for us and we just need one and we will worry about the second one when the time comes and we got the first one and there was enough time for a second so I think the mentality tonight was excellent and we continue to fight when the game seems lost and we showed that tonight.”
CF Montreal will now travel to Philadelphia to get ready to face the Union on Saturday at Subaru Park.