CF Montreal Looks To Turn Fortunes Around In Home Opener
It’s been a minute since CF Montreal has played in front of their home crowd and on Saturday. After three games on the road, the team will now play the Philadelphia Union in their home opener.
Their home opener last season was against the Union as well, and they were able to finally secure a result after also losing their opening three games on the road.
CF Montreal is still searching for its first goal and first points of the season, and the pressure is mounting from a fanbase that is hungry for success.
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All week the team trained hard in offensive drills looking to find ways to score goals, because up to now the offense has been lackluster to say the least.
Head coach Hernan Losada was also seen kicking the ball on Wednesday. I asked the Argentine in a joking fashion if he would consider coming back to play and he laughed and responded with “I am too old, I am not in playing shap, and it’s been four long years.”
He also stressed the importance of playing at home and that it is not the time to touch the panic button.
“Playing at home gives a big boost of confidence and I think that’s something that can’t be ignored,” he said. “Hitting the panic button is a bit premature in a situation like this.”
He also continued to preach that his team is very young – and that one of the youngest teams in the league will take time and patience.
“We’re a very young team with a new coach, and things will get better with patience, hard work, and time.”
Romell Quioto, who spoke to the media for the first time this season, says the team needs to be composed and work hard to get the results that they want.
“You need to approach spells like this with composure. The most important thing is to continue to work hard and keep your focus and the success will come,” said the striker.
“I think it’s better that this is happening early in the year than towards the end because we’re going to learn from these struggles and be better off.”
In the latest injury update, James Pantemis, George Campbell, and Jojea Kwizera are all ruled out while Robert Thorkellsson, Aaron Herrera, Samuel Piette, and Lassi Lappalainen are game-time decisions.
Injuries are another factor that has been hampering the team’s results and this team is at its best when it is 100% healthy and clear of injuries.
Saturday’s game will also feature the return of former CF Montreal player Joaquin Torres, who was traded to Philadelphia for $800,000 in GAM money.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm and the game can be seen on Apple MLS Season Pass.