MONTREAL – It is true that these are not the same conditions and the same season, but the Montreal club produced a wonderful revenge against Orlando City, on Saturday, at Saputo Stadium.
The Montreal team put in a convincing performance and signed a 4-1 win to set a team record.
Montreal have not lost in their last seven games (5-0-2), their first in the NBA. The club has not lost since March 12, against New York City FC.
Additionally, Wilfried Nancy’s men continued their climb up the Eastern Conference table by bypassing Orlando City for third.
The last time the Florida team came to Stade Saputo, on November 7, 2021, they put an end to Bleu-blanc-noir’s hopes of playing in the playoffs with a 2-0 win.
Nancy admitted that this defeat was still present. That’s why I’m happy with today’s result and so are the players. Last year we did well against them, but we didn’t convert our big scoring chance. Today we did. First of all, I’m happy for the players.”
The Montreal club dominated possession time (59 per cent against 41) and fired 20 shots, of which 10 were on target, compared to just two for the visitors.
Joel Waterman, who scored the first goal of his career in the MLS, Djorji Mihajlovic, Joaquin Torres and Zachary Broult-Gillard moved the ropes for Montreal (5-3-2).
Waterman, who is in his third year with the Montreal club, produced a strong match both offensively and defensively. He also received a congratulatory letter from his father after the match.
“I think it’s one of my best MLS games. My dad just texted me to say he just watched his son play his best game in MLS. If my dad said that, it’s true. I think I played really well with the ball and did a good job in MLS,” Waterman said. Introduction. I am happy with my performance, but I have to stay consistent.”
Nancy made some adjustments to the squad as they had to deal with the absence of midfielders Victor Wanyama and Ismail Kone, who are suspended for accumulating yellow cards. For the occasion, Matthew Choener, who returned to the match, found Samuel Peet in the middle.
“Wissam and I have known each other for a long time and know we can communicate in French in the field. It was really simple and went really well,” explained Chonier, a natural midfield player. To find the environment, it benefited me. It took a while to find My directions, but then it was better.
Montreal had a small moment of hesitation midway through the second half and Joao Moutinho scored for Orlando City (5-4-2), who had not lost away in their last four games (2-0-2).
One of CF Montreal’s only negative points in this meeting turned out to be their lack of discipline, especially after the whistle. Waterman, who will be suspended, Mihajlovic and Rommel Koyoto received yellow cards.
The Montreal team will resume work next Saturday, on a visit to the Charlotte Club.
After a fairly systematic start to the match, the Montreal team moved to second place and gave their opponents a lot of trouble.
In quick succession, in the space of two minutes, Quioto and Lassi Lappalainen missed great opening scoring opportunities. Kyoto’s header went over the Orlando City net, where Lapalainen collided with goalkeeper Pedro Galeese.
The hosts stepped up the pressure and saw their efforts rewarded in the 21st minute. In a corner kick, Waterman passed the ball at the mouth of the net and sent it past Galeese.
At first there were protests about the intrusion, but the replay of the video confirmed that everything happened in the rules of art.
In the 36th minute, Lapalainen scored his second goal on the tip of his right foot, but his low shot went to the left of the post.
In the second half, the Montreal team followed up where they had left off and their counterattack speed did more damage. Lapalainen turned to a pass this time and made a perfect cross for Mihajlovic, who only had to redirect the ball into the empty net to make it 2-0.
CF Montreal played a bad trick in the 72nd minute, during a corner kick. Mothino accepted Mauricio Pereira’s pass and cheated Sebastian Brezza’s wake.
However, Montreal struck at lightning speed, in the 81st and 84th minutes. Newly arriving on the field, Brault-Guillard saw Torres in the penalty area and the Argentine hit a mark with a turn. Torres then returned the favor to Brault-Guillard, who fired a missile at the side netting to Gallese’s right.