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MLS: CFM and Sirois sign second shutout in a row

They may not have been the most threatening opponent, but the Montreal club didn’t miss their chance to chase three points down the road.

The Montreal squad was opportunistic against the worst team in Major League Soccer and they scored 2-0 against Sporting Kansas City Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park.

Winner of two matches at home last week, against the Vaughan Azzurri in the Canadian Championship and the New York Red Bulls, the blu-blanc-noir took advantage of his time in Kansas State to sign his first win with the foreigner of the season, after five. failure.

Although he may have been waiting for this first victory on rival courts for a long time, coach Hernan Losada did not want to put him on a pedestal.

“All points matter, both at home and away. He pointed to the fact that we worked well over the past two weeks and we want to continue with the same energy. Hard work pays off and everyone worked well tonight. There was a lot of defensive effort and we scored two very good goals. Not It’s easy to play in Kansas City. »

Losada is not wrong. In their most recent visit to Kansas City, March 30, 2019, FC Montreal (3-6-0) suffered a 7-1 thaw, the worst in its history. It was also his first win at Mercy Park Children’s since June 1, 2013.

The Montreal squad dominated among other things in terms of possession (62 percent-for-38), shooting (13-for-10) and shots on goal (six-for-four), but they used great creativity in the first half to score their first two goals. from the campaign abroad.

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Bryce Duke scored his first goal in a Montreal uniform and Mathieu Choinier found the back of the net for the second straight game.

“Sometimes possession matters, but it’s also the quality of possession that matters,” Losada said. Every time we won the ball and kept it, we created chances. The first goal was exceptional. It is important to maintain that vertical position outside and when we have the ball we must hurt the opponent. »

Then goalkeeper Jonathan Serwa put his stamp on the game. Quebec made some good saves in the second half to allow their team to maintain their lead.

“He was huge. Not just tonight, but since the start of the season,” defender Joel Waterman said of Siroa.

Sporting (0-7-3) were coming away with a 3-0 win over the Tulsa Athletic on Tuesday night in the third round of the US Soccer Cup. In addition to their poor record, Peter Vermes’ men have the worst offense in MLS with three goals in 10 games.

The Kansas City Troopers thought they had closed the gap late in the second half, but Johnny Russell’s goal was ruled out for offside, to the crowd’s dismay.

Montreal midfielder Elias Eliadis has been suspended for one game for receiving a red card. During his absence, Sean Rea and Ariel Lasseter were creative in attack on the left flank and paved the way for the team’s first goal.

If Iliadis has to watch the match off the pitch, veteran Victor Wanyama has played his 100th match in all competitions for Bleu-blanc-noir.

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Montreal will return to action next Saturday when they host Orlando City at Saputo Stadium.

relief abroad

The visitors made a few incursions into the enemy’s area in the first minutes, but Sporting were the first to hit the target.

In the 13th minute, Logan Ndinbe spotted Alain Pulido just outside the penalty area, but his shot was saved by Sirwa.

CF Montreal gave themselves their first real scoring opportunity of the match, in the 25th minute. Lassiter flicked the ball past Chenonso Ofore but goalkeeper Tim Melia had good reflexes to block the striker’s attempt.

Just six minutes later, Siroa gave Melia the answer when he jumped in to block a powerful blow from Daniel Saloy.

The Montreal team got the scores before halftime. In the 35th minute, their attacking design stunned Sporting and Duc put the finishing touches after receiving a short pass from Choinier. In stoppage time, Choinier jumped on a loose ball in the penalty area and doubled his team’s lead.

Losada’s side were less aggressive in the second half, choosing to be careful as they took a 2-0 lead. However, Sirois gave his teammates a helping hand by thwarting Saloy and Russell within nine minutes.