A Brutal Night: CF Montreal Get Burned By Chicago Fire
CF Montreal was looking to get back to their winning ways but tonight the road woes continued in a 3-0 drubbing by the Chicago Fire.
Brian Gutierrez, Maren Haile-Selassie, and Xherdan Shaqiri scored for the home team en route to a win that puts them in a playoff position while CF Montreal drops out of the playoff picture.
“The worst part about tonight is losing the game in the first ten minutes,” Losada said answering the first question. “It’s difficult to understand and the mistakes we made tonight are hard to accept.”
After a delay of one hour and 15 minutes due to a tornado warning in the area, it only took eight minutes for the Fire to open the scoring as Georgios Koutsias won an aerial duel with Joel Waterman and found Brian Gutierrez, who was able to beat Jonathan Sirois to make it 1-0.
“It’s evident that if you don’t score you can’t win, and now there is another game in two days. We will take these lessons, we need to improve, and we need to stick together to prepare for a crucial game Saturday night.”
Three minutes after the opening goal Chicago doubled their lead when Maren Haile-Selassie with an almost identical shot was able to beat Sirois.
“It’s a collective, we win as a team and lose as a team. It’s easy to blame the strikers for not scoring, we have already discussed it with the forward group and we will continue to work at it.”
In the 33rd minute Xherdan Shaqirie put the game out of reach when the Fire earned a freekick and off the set piece he made an amazing give-and-go and beat Sirois top corner to make it 3-0.
“It’s frustrating,,” said Joel Waterman, who looked absolutely livid in his post-game press conference. “They had five shots and capitalized on three. They took care of their chances, and we as a team need to find ways to get the ball into the back of the net.”
Two minutes later it looked like CF Montreal was given a lifeline when the ref called a penalty for a handball in the box but Ariel Lassiter’s ensuing shot rang off the post and out.
The second half was a bit better for the visitors as the home side sat back on their 3-0 lead. Rudy Camacho missed the game due to suspension because of yellow card accumulation, and it looked like they really missed him.
Samuel Piette returned to the lineup tonight for the first time since April 1st, which was when he got injured in Vancouver. Meanwhile, Kwadwo Mahala Opuko made his CF Montreal debut in the starting eleven.
CF Montreal will be back in action on Saturday when they host Charlotte FC at Saputo Stadium.