CF Montreal Handed Five-Goal Beatdown By Vancouver Whitecaps
It was their first trip out west in over a year but it was a night to forget for CF Montreal.
Despite the homecoming for Joel Waterman, the BC native who had all his family and friends in attendance at BC Place, it wasn’t pretty as CF Montreal was routed by the Vancouver Whitecaps 5-0 yesterday evening.
Simon Becher scored a brace while the Whitecaps secured their first win of the season with goals from Julian Gressel, Ali Ahmed, and Brian White. Becher also made history as the fastest player in league history to score four goals, doing so in just 87 minutes of game time.
Things were bad from the start as Samuel Piette, who had just returned from injury, reaggravated his knock five minutes into the match. The team took a massive blow when he was forced to leave the game.
It went from bad to worse in the 23rd minute was Rudy Camacho took down a player near the box for his second infraction of the game and was shown a red card.
It was an offensive onslaught for the home team in front of the VWFC faithful, as they had over 20 shots on net for the second straight game, finishing the game with 26 and nine on target.
CF Montreal finished the game with none and will need to go back to the drawing board. After the game, head coach Hernan Losada said he doesn’t believe it was a game to forget.
“It’s not a game to forget”, he said. “It’s one we need to analyze to see where we went wrong. It wasn’t a good night. We lost the captain after five minutes and we end up playing with 10 men after 20 minutes, but this is not an excuse.”
I asked Victor Wanyama in his post-match press conference if he feels tonight is a game the team should forget and move on from:
“We learned the hard way”, Wanyama admitted. “We have to be humble and go back to training and work hard to try to be better on the road. That is the only way we can improve as a team and we need to move on.”
Chinonso Offor, who got his first start of the season due to Romell Quioto coming back from international duty, admits they need to forget and move on.
“It’s really difficult when you go a man down”, he said. “I feel like we did the total opposite of what the coach told us to do and with Sam [Piette] going down you lost a good player, and then you get a red card and it becomes even worse.”
CF Montreal will fly home and once again will be back on the road next weekend as they will head to New England to face the Revolution on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.