It was Rivalry Week in the MLS this past weekend, and CF Montreal found themselves on the right end of a 1-0 game. CF Montreal probably could’ve had more than the one goal, but on this day, an own goal from Toronto FC was enough to give Montreal all three points. A late red card to Kamal Miller made things a little tense, but Montreal were able to see it through to the final whistle.
CF Montreal were almost on the board under 5 minutes in, but an unbelievable save by Alex Bono kept his side level. Kei Kamara was all by himself at the back post, and Bono just got enough to deflect the ball onto the cross bar and out.
15 minutes later it was James Pantemis’ turn to make a big save, and it came off of newest TFC signing, Mark Anthony Kaye. Kaye found himself just inside the box, and his shot from a tight angle was palmed away by Pantemis.
Sam Piette had the last good chance of the half. Romell Quioto drove in a hard cross that was tipped away by Bono but the ball fell right to Piette, but the CF Montreal skipper’s shot went just high of the cross bar.
CF Montreal continued to bring the pressure in the second half and almost had the first goal of the game. Quioto did well to turn in the box and create a nice chance for himself. His shot beat Bono, but again went just over the bar.
CFM finally had their opening goal in the 69th minute. Alistair Johnston sent in a delicious cross, that all Lukas MacNaughton could do was head the ball down and it went past Bono for an own goal.
Toronto thought they were level only 3 minutes later, but a Ayo Akinola strike was disallowed for Offside. It was a really close call, and thankfully for Montreal VAR agreed with the call on the field.
Kamal Miller was shown a red card in the 81st minute when Miller tried a bicycle kick, and ended up catching TFC keeper bono with a high boot. A pretty soft red for me, but I can see the argument.
Mason Toye would hit the crossbar in the 83th minute, and James Pantemis would save an 89th minute header to see out the game for CF Montreal.
Montreal find themselves back to winning ways, and now they sit in 4th place with 32 points for the season. CFM’s next game will be Saturday July 23rd, against DC United on the road.
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