CF Montreal 4 – Orlando City SC 1 | Fiesta at Saputo Stadium

A spectacle. Fireworks. Goals. victories. And above all nice football. Yes, really, CF Montreal has found its way.

Posted at 6:09 p.m
Updated at 8:12 p.m

Jean Francois Teotonio

Jean Francois Teotonio
The press

A dominant performance at the Stade Saputo allowed him a 4-1 win over Orlando City SC on Saturday. And with a seventh straight unbeaten game, Wilfried Nancy’s side broke the team’s unbeaten record in MLS. Aside from temporarily finding themselves in third place in the Eastern standings, they’re exactly stealing Orlando.

Not bad for a team that started the season with three losses in a row.

“I’m very happy,” said Wilfried Nancy modestly after the game. I’m very proud of the boys. […] You have matured. They showed that they were able to react to multiple situations. »

Let’s talk about these guys. Starting with Joel Waterman, that defender with boots that couldn’t be more reliable for Wilfried Nancy. He even allowed himself to emulate last week’s performance of Kamal Miller by scoring his team’s first goal and adding an assist. His net on the 24thandin a shot to the mouth after a corner kick, was his first ever in MLS at the age of 38and Game.


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Joel Wasserman

My father texted me after the game. He told me he just watched his son play his best game in MLS to date. If my father tells me that, it must be true.

Joel Wasserman

He even says he was advised by an assistant to “touch Kamal’s hand” in training “to have a little bit of that marker touch”.

“Today was crucial, it seems,” he jokes.

Without a vocation

Possession dominated with 59%. Locals shooting 20 times versus just two shot attempts by visitors. From the lot, the CFM framed 10. Orlando: 1.

In particular, we could attribute this signing to a restored environment with the return of injured Quebecers Samuel Piette and Mathieu Choinière. They replaced Victor Wanyama and Ismaël Koné, both of whom were suspended.

“We’ve known each other for a long time,” said Choinière when asked about his relationship with Piette. We can communicate in French in the field. »

All in all, if the game contribution of the two Québec circles is subtle, it is the polar opposite of what Djordje Mihailovic and Joaquín Torres offer as a center forward. The two attacking midfielders are real sparklers for CF Montreal.

Mihailovic doubled the lead to 52and, brilliantly served by a beautiful cross – another – by Alistair Johnston. A pass that would probably not have been possible without the imbalance caused by Torres’ beautiful run in the axis just before.

In addition to his four assists, it was the American’s fifth goal of the season – a personal highlight. May 7th.

And what about Torres’ performance? The diminutive Argentine’s footsteps mourned behind the Orlando defenders at a frenzied pace. And made the 14,068 fans gathered at Saputo Stadium stand up in excitement on several occasions.

Forgive the hint, Montreal fans, but it seems that number 10 of the CFM is starting to take the air of…Sebastian Giovinco, the former Toronto Atomic Ant.


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Joaquin Torres

He confirmed his excellent encounter with the goal to make it 3-1 in the 81st minuteandeight minutes after Orlando’s only net (João Moutinho, in the 72nd minute)and). His return shot in front of the net was particularly nice. It was his third goal in four games.

Torres had been served by Zachary Brault-Guillard, who had just come into the game. And it was the ZBG who put the icing on the cake by moving the ropes in spectacular fashion at 84and. His right foot shot to the right of the box smashed Stade Saputo again.

Wilfried Nancy, as usual, didn’t want his 25-year-old midfielder to faint in his post-game speech. Rather, he internally praised the nice “competition” that made it possible “to maintain the physical intensity, yes, but also mentally”.

“We’ll take it easy with Joaquín,” added the coach. It’s good, he found his legs, he found the things he did well. Good for him if it happens today. »

Furthermore, that 4-1 win means CF Montreal are unbeaten in MLS since March 12th.

We had a bad period where we couldn’t win games. But the players kept their confidence. Today is your reward.

Wilfried Nancy, head coach of CF Montreal

“The team has a good feeling. She can defend and attack. Everything goes very fast. We’ll appreciate it because next week in Charlotte it’s not going to be easy. »

It’s obvious, but players like it too.

“I’m having fun,” said Joel Waterman. We enjoy our football. We have to keep working. »

“What I’m most proud of is our resilience,” he continues. Almost our brotherhood. We’re all on the same wavelength. We treat each other with respect. »

Mathieu Choinière states that “the chemistry is excellent” in the team.

“If we keep building on that, train hard and don’t get too upset about it, keep the momentum going, we can do some good this year. »

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