It was a slow first 30 minutes for CF Montreal, but from then on, they fought hard, played well as a unit, and came from behind to earn their second win in a row. The New York Red Bulls were second place in the East coming into this game, and it was always going to be a tough game for Montreal. They showed real determination to keep up with one of the best teams in the MLS, and eventually come out on top.
The game got off to a rocky start, when Sebastian Breza inexplicably threw the ball right to the Red Bulls that led to a great chance for Luquinhas but put his header wide in the 2nd minute.
Victor Wanyama would be booked 5 minutes later because of another bad clearance from Breza. Breza would give the ball away, and Wanyama had to take down the Omir Fernandez to end the New York counter attack.
Fernandez would open the scoring for New York in the 14th minute. After creating a little bit of space for himself, Fernandez took a shot that would take a massive deflection off Rudy Camacho, that left Breza no chance.
It could’ve been worse for CF Montreal, but Kei Kamara would make TWO goal line clearances off of back to back shots in the 26th minute.
The first CF Montreal chance would come in the 33rd minute when Victor Wanyama would pick out Dorde Mihailovic who made a good run. Mihailovic’s shot was destined for the back of the net, but Carlos Coronel got fingertips to the ball and pushed it on to the post.
Montreal would come close again 6 minutes later off a corner. Victor Wanyama would head the ball back across goal and Ibrahim Sunusi would head the ball just wide of the post. Sunusi was making his season debut in this game.
Luquinhas almost doubled the Red Bulls lead 6 minutes after the restart, but luckily for CF Montreal, his shot went just wide.
CF Montreal would level this game in the 71st minute. Alistair Johnston would send in a cross that had pin point precision that Rudy Camacho would head past Coronel.
Romell Quioto would be subbed on at around the hour mark, and would put CF Montreal into the lead 20 minutes later. New York would be pressing in the Montreal half, and Rudy Camacho would just put his boot through the ball to clear the danger. Red Bulls keeper Coronel and Thomas Edwards would get their signals crossed, and turn the ball over to Quioto who easily put the ball in the wide open goal.
The Red Bulls would push to score an equalizer, and their best chance came in the 89th minute. A nice cross into the box found Tom Barlow, but Sebastian Breza made a very brave save, that kept CF Montreal in front.
CFM would hold off all the further threats, and win their second game in a row.
A little side note, it was Wilfred Nancy’s birthday today, and CF Montreal rewarded him with all three points on the road. Another impressive stat about this game, is that it had been 7 months since the last time New York allowed 2 or more goals, and CF Montreal did it on the road.
It looks like CF Montreal have forgotten the first three losses of the season, and have now earned 7 out of a possible 9 points. Montreal can now look forward to next Saturday to an all Canadian match up against Vancouver Whitecaps. Good news, is that Montreal finally return home, the bad news is that it’s still at the Olympic Stadium…
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