Road Troubles Continue As CF Montreal Sunk By NYCFC
CF Montreal continues to struggle on the road, with Wednesday night’s match at Yankee Stadium seeing them beaten 2-0 by NYCFC. The win tonight for the home team is the first since July 1, when they coincidentally beat CF Montreal at Saputo Stadium.
“It’s a game to analyze but also a game to forget,” CF Montreal head coach Hernan Losada said in his post-game press conference. “Evidentally there was a difference in the two halves and the start was difficult for us.”
Andres Jasson and Monsef Bakrar, one of their new additions from Algeria, scored for the home team and were a constant threat all night, pressing hard on a small pitch.
“The field is tough for both teams but for New York, they always play here. We didn’t play well in the first half, but we improved in the second. Bth goals are situations we can avoid and it wasn’t easy.”
NYCFC came out of the blocks flying, dominating in possession and controlling the game early. It was actually the visitors with the first dangerous chance in the 19th minute when Lassi Lappalainen was able to curl a shot on target from the top of the box but it went off the crossbar and stayed out.”
“We needed more scoring chances tonight but we need to accept it and turn the page and be ready for the next one.”
Jasson opened the scoring in the 30th minute when there was a miscommunication and he found himself alone on one side of the pitch got the ball and was able to beat CF Montreal keeper Jonathan Sirois far post.
“We were lacking in aggression tonight,” said Samuel Piette when asked what was missing from Montreal. “We tried to press but I felt we were hesitant but we adjusted in the second half.”
Only seven minutes later was NYCFC able to double its lead, when Bakrar – who transferred from the French league – won a one-on-one duel with Joel Waterman and was able to beat Sirois with a shot between his legs.
“I think for a lot of us it was our first game at Yankee Stadium. Te field is different and we realized we needed to be more aggressive instead of a low block.”
I asked Joel Waterman in his post-game press conference bluntly what went wrong tonight.
“It’s a good team,” Waterman responded. “I don’t think they deserve to be where they are in the standings. They have a lot more quality. We knew it was going to be a hard road game.”
Waterman was asked about what differences he saw between the first and second half.
“I thought our spacing was better in the second half and we put balls in the area to create good chances. In the first, we gave the ball away too easily, but that was the biggest difference.”
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