SEATTLE — Mason Toye scored his first two MLS goals in nearly 11 months and was the star of CF Montreal’s precious 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night at Lumen Field.
Named a starter by head coach Wilfried Nancy, Toye thanked him in the most beautiful way by moving the ropes first in the 18th minute and then in the 62nd minute.
Each time, Toye hit the target after passes from Kei Kamara.
“Kei was fantastic. He was incredible today. He made it super easy for me. It’s really wonderful to be able to play with him,” said Toye.
After the game, Toye also highlighted the contribution of another group of players.
“Three points in Seattle is really hard to come by in this league and we did it. It was an incredible team effort. The backline members were the men of the game. Everyone in the defense unit was fantastic. »
By far the Sounders’ most dangerous player, Jordan Morris, scored the only goal early in the first half against Sebastian Breza, who was particularly alert late in the game.
The win moved CF Montreal (9-6-2) to the top of the Eastern Conference table.
The Montreal team has 29 points overall, the same tally as the Philadelphia Union, but their two other wins give them the tiebreak advantage.
Also, that win allowed him to start a short two-game trip to America’s west coast on a positive note, which everyone said was going to be difficult with that stopover in Seattle and Monday night’s clash against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
“We wanted to perform well to win and that’s what we did today,” remarked Nancy.
“It was up to us to play our game, play a good game and the lads did that for 70 minutes. After that we obviously had a bit of trouble, even a lot of trouble, to keep going, but we made it and I’m really happy for the lads. The lads played very, very well, both offensively and defensively,” said the CF Montreal head coach.
A first half of quality
From the first to the 45th minute of the game, CF Montreal delivered one of its best performances of the first half of 2022.
In that first half, on the floor of a side that had been in full possession for a few weeks and were playing their fifth straight home game, Wilfried Nancy’s side controlled the ball for more than 57 percent and gave seven shots to goalkeeper Stefan Frei in the Compared to two for the Sounders on Breza.
The only negative moment of this first half for the Montreal team came in the third minute of the game.
Morris used a long pass from Cristian Roldan to appear in the box and despite Mathieu Choinière watching him closely, Breza fired a low shot into the bottom left corner.
But about 15 minutes later, Toye brought both clubs back to square one with a good left-footed shot into the right corner of the opponent’s net after a two-on-one push with Kamara.
It was Toye’s first MLS goal since August 4, 2021 against Atlanta United.
The Sounders were at their most perceptive on the way back from the dressing room and Roldan tested Breza with a clumsy shot from inside the box that Breza was able to block.
After an interesting start to the second half for the Sounders, the CF Montreal players regained their colors and, most importantly, the lead in the game.
Once again, the Kamara-Toye duo joined forces, and Toye scored his second brace in the Montreal jersey by repelling a precise pass from his new accomplice behind Frei.
With almost 30 minutes remaining in negotiations, CF Montreal responded well to their opponents’ attacks and stuck to their journey on America’s west coast.