Back-to-back trips to the US West Coast aren’t always easy to negotiate, but CF Montreal are used to doing well.
After a fine performance against the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, Wilfried Nancy’s men will look to complete the double by taking on the Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday night.
In the past, the Montreal squad has struggled in Los Angeles, clinching just one point in four games in a 0-0 draw since arriving in MLS on September 12, 2015 at Galaxy’s homeland.
Nonetheless, CF Montreal clinched a nice 2-1 win in Seattle that has allowed them to temporarily return to the top of the Eastern Conference table and could give them confidence against an opponent who hasn’t been working flat out lately .
“Yes, we beat the Sounders, but mainly the performance was interesting. We can do it again against the Galaxy, said Nancy. Is there more confidence in the players because we won in Seattle? I want to say that it is normal. But trust is fragile and it comes with humility. We beat a very good team and we know what the Sounders stand for in MLS. We must have the humility to stand up to the galaxy. »
In 2013, CF Montreal, then called Impact, started their campaign with two wins in seven days in the American West. In 2015, he drew twice in four days, in Los Angeles and San Jose.
The Galaxy side hasn’t been doing well for more than a month. The California side have won just one of their last six MLS games (1-3-2) and suffered a grueling defeat in the quarterfinals of the United States Soccer Cup at the hands of the Sacramento Republic of the USL, a league below MLS on March 21. June.
Still aware of the challenge her team will face on Monday night, Nancy is far from underestimating the Galaxy.
“They are one of the best teams in MLS, although they have struggled lately. I can guarantee you that they will play strong against us and do everything they can to have a great game. Especially since they meet FC Los Angeles a few days later. It’s very difficult to play in this stadium because it’s very big,” explained the CF Montreal head coach.
It’s true the crowd can be rowdy at Dignity Health Sports Park, but the blue-white-blacks will show up there with newfound confidence overseas. In their entire history in MLS, the Montreal team has never ended a season with a positive record of opposing places, but 2022 could finally be their first.
CF Montreal are 4-3-2 and both players and coaches know how important it is to take as many points away from their fans as possible in order to have a chance of going back to the playoffs.
“We realized we weren’t a good team abroad and those points are important in MLS. Even if it’s a tie, said defenseman Joel Waterman. Every time we go abroad, we want to earn at least one point. Getting three points against the Sounders was huge. We will try to repeat the feat against the galaxy. »
In addition, Canadian defender Kamal Miller is said to be available for the duel against Galaxy, although it is not known whether he will be used by Nancy. In the case of midfielder Djordje Mihailovic, he could still be a few weeks out of activity.
Last year, Montrealers began to fall apart in mid-July. They started the season with a 6-3-4 record, but then won just one of their next eight games (1-4-3) and fell behind in the standings.
“The team has grown a lot since then. We deservedly made it to the playoffs, but we lost games that we should have won in the end. It’s a new year and a new formation, we’ll see that in the next games. It’s a big challenge,” Nancy concluded.