CF Montreal Suffers Second Straight loss To Austin FC, Former Player Urruti
On Saturday CF Montreal made its first-ever visit to Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas looking to secure their first win of the season. Instead, a former player came back to haunt them.
Maxi Urruti came off the bench in the with fifteen minutes to go and, in the 88th minute, managed to redirect a Jon Gallagher header into the back of the net to sink CF Montreal and secure the win for the home team.
Urruti spent many years playing for the Montreal Impact (now CF Montreal), being traded a couple of years ago. After the game head coach Hernan Losada and Mathieu Choiniere met the media.
“As long as we create scoring opportunities I am not worried,” Losada said. “I’m disappointed about the late goal, but I have to give Austin credit. They have a good roster. If I’m correct, the last three passes on their goal are from three players coming off the bench. It could have gone either way. I told my players at the half that the team scoring one goal would win the game.”
“It was about keeping that focus until the end. I believe in moments we played a great game against a hard opponent. We improved compared to our first game against Inter Miami. There are a lot of positives and very good individual performances. I believe we deserve a lot more than zero points and zero goals after two games, but it’s not about deserving, we have to go out there and make it happen.”
While newcomer Sean Rea looked sharp, Samuel Piette made history tonight as he played his 11,428 minutes with the club and that is now the record for the most minutes played by a player on the team.
“Sam played a great game, especially playing in a new position playing center back, and for the second game in a row he was a leader in the back.”
Losada was asked about the progress he saw in the second game compared to the first against Inter Miami.
“There was more intensity and more energy and we pressed higher against Austin which I think is better than Inter Miami and has more quality and it’s not easy to play in front of their fans in their stadium.”
He was asked about the performance of goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois and said he couldn’t be more proud.
“He played a great game and I am very proud of him. The coaches did a really good job with him and it’s unfortunate that he lets in a late goal but overall an amazing performance,” said Losada.
Mathieu Choiniere was asked to assess the team’s performance as the team is still looking for a win and a goal.
“I think we are improving,” Choiniere said. “I think it was better than last week and we will keep on building and we will continue to work and hopefully win the next one.”
He was also asked about the key differences between the last game and this one where it looked like the team had more chances against Inter Miami.
“We tried our best to create chances and they played well too and they defended well and they had the ball and we tried to counter it and unfortunately we didn’t score.”
CF Montreal will now head home for the week before heading on the road next weekend to face Nashville SC in a third straight road game.