CF Montreal set a new MLS team record by going seven straight games unbeaten in a comfortable 4-1 win over Orlando in front of a crowd of 14,068 at the Stade Saputo.
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With Lassi Lappalainen watching, forward Joaquin Torres deflected a shot on Orlando City SC’s goal at Saputo Stadium yesterday.
Wilfried Nancy’s team led 2-0 through goals from Joel Waterman (23and minute) and Djordje Mihailovic (52and), when Orlando reduced after a goal by Joao Moutinho (72and). All rolled up their sleeves rather than break themselves and showed plenty of bite.
Joaquin Torres, who was already the author of a pass to Mihailovic’s goal, made it 3-1 in the 81and minute by sweeping a pass from Zachary Brault-Guillard. Torres then passed the courtesy to his teammate, who confused Pedro Gallese on a shot at the far post to make it 4-1 on 84and.
By the way, the team’s last defeat was on March 12, almost two months ago.
Wilfried Nancy’s team took the lead in the 23rd minuteand minute… on a goal scored two minutes earlier.
In fact, Joel Waterman headed in from a corner but it was ruled offside. Consulting the recovery, the official determined that Waterman’s first MLS goal was actually valid.
It’s a fourth other defender to score in ten games this season.
However, the team could have gone into the dressing room with a lead of more than 1-0.
There were many good chances in the first 45 minutes.
We were faced with a game that was completely the opposite of what we saw against Atlanta last week.
Montreal controlled the game and multiplied chances around Pedro Gallese’s net. The Peruvian demonstrated why he is nicknamed Octopus as he blocked shots from Lassi Lappalainen and Djordje Mihailoivic with his legs.
Also, Lappalainen had another very high quality chance with a perfect pass from Romell Quioto.
The Finn was in the small rectangle, he had time to put the ball back… but missed the target.
He clearly lacks confidence in front of goal and that’s a shame because he played one of his best games of the season. He finally seems to settle into his role as Piston.
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9/10 | Joaquin Torres
- He shows off his technical skills well, breaking a few ankles with his feints. He has one goal and two assists.
8.5/10 | Djordje Mihailovic
- Overall another solid game and he scores a 5and Goal this season, a personal career high.
8.5/10 | Joel Wasserman
- He scores a goal and gets a yellow card within a minute. It’s in the tone of his fight, which was rough and combative. He also gets a passport. (picture above)
8 / 10 | Zachary Brault Guillard
- He makes a good showing and also provides an assist on Torres’ insurance goal.
8 / 10 | Alistair Johnston
- He plays a very good defensive game and has a fourth assist on Mihailovic’s goal in his last five games.
8 / 10 | Kamal Miller
- Like a metronome, it delivers another good performance with no issues.
8 / 10 | Samuel Piette
- Always so combative, he manages to break several opposing plays.
7.5/10 | Mathieu Choiniere
- A first start in two months, also in midfield, and he seemed perfectly comfortable.
7.5/10 | Rudy Camacho
- A game characterized by discreet efficiency and in which he put in a solid defensive work.
7.5/10 | Sebastian Bresa
- He’s not very busy, but he does beam a few times when called. He’s reassuring.
7.5/10 | Kei Kamara
- He brings good energy to the field and comes close to scoring late in the game.
7 / 10 | Lassi Lappalainen
- He may be playing his best game of the season but his lack of confidence sees him miss two golden chances.
6.5/10 | Romell Quioto
- He was the most discreet of all. Good luck early in the game, a little combative but not as snappy as we know it to be.
In addition to their record of consecutive unbeaten games, CF Montreal had another motivation to beat Orlando City SC today.
But if he doesn’t hold grudges, Wilfried Nancy still had his team’s loss to Orlando at the same Saputo Stadium on mind last November, a loss that eliminated his team from the playoffs.
“To be honest, the last game against Orlando last season is still fresh in our minds. That’s why this win feels good. »
So that 4-1 probably tasted heaven for the Montreal head coach.
Bend without breaking
It has been mentioned many times over the last few weeks that even if the team managed to take the lead, they couldn’t kill the game.
Today, though Orlando halved the lead at 72and minute we saw no signs of panic.
The bleu blanc noir is slightly bent but not broken.
“I’m very proud of the lads because when we got the goal we knew how to calm down,” said Nancy, who also admitted he would have preferred it had not been for his side to concede the goal.
“They’re progressing, they’ve matured, I feel it and I see it in training. They showed that they were able to react to multiple situations. »
What we’re seeing above all is that this team isn’t giving up and that was even more noticeable today.
“Everyone goes to work, we play with courage and confidence,” said Joel Waterman. We can go back to the score, which we didn’t manage to do last year. We have more resilience. »
As for Waterman, he put on a very strong game with one goal and one assist and a more than solid defensive performance. His father is of the same opinion.
“My dad texted me that he just saw me play my best game in MLS,” said the BC full-back.
We might also point out to him that the team’s unbeaten streak coincides with his arrival as a starter. But he will mostly keep his one goal and one assist performance, just like Kamal Miller last week.
“The boys have been bugging me for the past few weeks because I’ve missed chances. I was told to touch Kamal’s hands at the practice for good luck. »