CF Montreal Suffers Another Road Loss To Philadelphia Union
The road woes continued on Saturday night in Chester, PA as CF Montreal was beaten by the Philadelphia Union.
It was expected, with the Canadian Championship Final on Wednesday night in Vancouver, that Hernan Losada made massive changes to his starting eleven.
Goalkeeper James Pantemis made his return to the net after getting injured in the first game of the season against Inter Miami, separating his shoulder that night.
It was surprising to see Mason Toye’s name on the sub list as Monday Losada had said he was still a few weeks away. Matko Miljevic was also back on the bench. Ousman Jabang made his MLS debut coming in late in the second half.
The Union were just too strong on the night, however, and it is most likely revenge was on their mind after blowing a 2-1 lead and losing 3-2 back in March at Olympic Stadium.
It only took them 12 minutes to open the scoring as Matthew Real found Julian Carranza at the top of the box who managed to curl a shot past Pantemis into the net.
“Philadelphia is always a difficult place to play. They’re a team with a lot of quality, especially their three offensive players,” said Montreal coach Hernan Losada after the match.
Philadelphia doubled its lead in the 35th minute as Carranza took a shot on target and Mikeal Uhre picked up the loose rebound and put it into the back of the net.
The Union made it 3-0 in the 61st minute as Carranza’s shot deflected off Joel Waterman in the box and went over the head of Pantemis to seal the win.
After the game, we got to hear from Mason Toye, who clarified what had happened.
“I’ve been doing rehab and I was cleared”, Toye said. “I was following the coaching staff’s decisions. I am ready to play. It is ultimately up to the coaching staff whether I play or not. I was excited to get back on the pitch. I am coming back from knee surgery and didn’t have many training sessions. I wanted to put in an effort tonight and be dangerous. The Union is a good team and there weren’t many opportunities. I wanted to put in a good 45 minutes.”
Losada was asked about the positives of bringing in a lot of youth players and helping them develop.
“I take away positives from tonight, because we were able to give minutes to players who haven’t had much playing time this season. This will give us a better idea of which players are ready to take on more minutes and which need improvement.”
George Campbell was asked to give his sense of the situation and mentioned the crazy travel schedule didn’t help, and that they need to be more consistent.
“It is always good to have the confidence of the coaching staff to start games. Away from home, we have struggled, but it is a question of consistency. Individually, I know I can be better. Fatigue is also normal with our schedule. We just need to stay confident. Philadelphia’s attack is excellent. We need to stay sharper mentally. We sometimes committed unforced errors, and it’s up to us to improve that in the future.”
CF Montreal will now head home and will travel to Vancouver on Monday.