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American League: Points not to be missed for Montreal FC against New York City

American League: Points not to be missed for Montreal FC against New York City


New York City 2 – CF Montreal 0 (end of the first half)

CF Montreal had a golden opportunity to score in the 19th minute. The ball found itself at the feet of Lasse Lappalainen after a corner kick, but his powerful shot hit the crossbar.

Montreal’s lack of opportunism ultimately benefited New York a few minutes later. In the 29th minute of play, Andres Jason found a gap in the counterattack and took advantage of it to fire a shot that goalkeeper Jonathan Sirius did not respond to, causing New York to settle into the driver’s siege.

This goal seems to give rhythm to the New Yorkers. From the 37th minute of play, Moncef Bakrar recovered a long throw into Montreal territory, then passed the ball between Sirius’ legs to double New York’s lead.

Pre-match notes

Montreal FC will return to MLS action this evening as Hernan Losada’s men take on New York City FC at Yankee Stadium.

After eliminating the New England Revolution 1-0 on Saturday night at Saputo Stadium, Montreal will face a direct opponent in the race for the playoffs, as the New Yorkers find themselves in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, nine points behind Montreal. Now eighth in the east.

Montreal is looking for its second victory at Yankee Stadium in nine games. The visitors are 1-5-3 in the Big Apple with a -10 goal differential. In their last duel, Montreal lost 1-0 on July 1 at Stade Saputo. Argentine Matias Pellegrini scored the winning goal.

Some important milestones and club records are about to be reached as well. After shutting out the Revolution in the last match, club-coached goalkeeper Jonathan Sirius equaled Evan Bosch’s record of 10 shots in 2018.

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Additionally, Zachary Brault-Guillard and Mathieu Choiniere are two games (98) and four games (94) away respectively from reaching 100 MLS appearances with the club. Finally, midfielder Samuel Petit’s next game will be his 151st, which will tie Patrice Bernier’s record for the number of games played by an outfield player in an MLS regular season.

Meanwhile, New York City is still searching for its first victory in the MLS since its return from the League Cup, after two consecutive defeats at the hands of Minnesota (0-2) at home and Cincinnati (0-3) away from home last Saturday. Their last MLS win dates back to a July 1 victory over the Blue and White.