When the ball from Mathieu Choinière’s feet hit the net on Saturday night at the Stade Saputo, we felt a special energy emanating from the crowd.
Updated yesterday at 11:21 pm
First, because this goal in 47And minute put CF Montreal in a 2-1 lead – forever – against Charlotte FC. Then, because the ropes were just moving in front of the Ultras returning to the stands for the first time since last September.
But mostly because a Quebecer won his club the day after the national holiday. And in a beautiful way too.
“He’s sick!” Choinière launched in front of the media after the bout. He had come to the fray for the press wearing a blue fleur-de-lis cowboy hat, wishing “Happy New Year everyone”.
The midfielder had just entered the field after returning from the locker room. He replaced Lassi Lappalainen who, however, had not had a bad first period. Ninety seconds later, the Quebecer were brilliantly served by a Romell Quioto cross pass. He entered the penalty area from the left. A little hook to get back on his right foot, and his shot makes its way sublimely to the right corner.
“I had juice for 120 minutes!” he exclaimed, noticing how the adrenaline would carry him to the end of the match.
The moment also moved his coach Wilfried Nancy.
“My wife often criticizes me for not being the most expressive of boys, he joked at the press conference. But I was just shivering. ”
The day before, Nancy had asked Samuel Piette to explain to CF Montreal players the significance of Quebec’s national holiday. A speech that also took place after the tough 4-0 loss to Toronto FC in the Canadian league last Wednesday.
“He explained what the difference was with Canada Day,” says Nancy. Me, it allowed me to bounce on different cultures, why the players are there and why playing against Toronto is important. ”
Charlotte didn’t offer much opposition the rest of the time. It must be said that 10 of his players were subjected to the MLS COVID-19 protocol on Saturday night. Goalkeeper George Marks and midfielder Koa Santos were in their early minutes with their club this season.
Mason Toye, finally
On Saturday we came within inches of another perfect story.
CF Montreal striker Mason Toye, with his two injuries keeping him off the pitch since August 2021, was finally able to return to the pitch, replacing Joaquín Torres in the 77thAnd. At 78Andhis headshot just missed.
However, his presence on the pitch made many people among the Montrealers happy.
I’m really happy. Too bad he didn’t score that goal. […] He’s a scorer, it would have done him good.
Wilfried Nancy, about Mason Toye
“He worked a lot, a lot, a lot, the coach continued. He was very brave. “
“He’s a guy who works so hard in training,” noted Mathieu Choinière. We all wanted it back. He almost scored, he would have been sick. ”
A lackluster first half
The start of the match foreshadowed an exciting first half. But after the quick goals from both sides, the pace of play has calmed down considerably.
Quioto has hit the mark from the 6thAnd minute on a nice right-footed shot from a tight angle. We salute the beautiful pass by Zachary Brault-Guillard behind the defense in action. On Saturday, therefore, goals and assists for the Honduran international.
It took the visitors just three minutes to recover, thanks to defender Guzmán Corujo’s right-footed shot. He found the bottom of the net with a shot in the mouth. Victor Wanyama had inadvertently deflected the ball towards Charlotte’s lucky player. 1-1, to 9And minute.
The Ultras are back
We said it: the Ultras had returned to the Stade Saputo. Those who opposed the rebranding of Impact have been absent since last September. During the meeting they posted banners about it.
Installed in section 131 before the match, they finally won in section 132 just before kick-off. The club therefore had to move the fans who had bought tickets to this section, the former fan group.
Their presence nevertheless delighted the protagonists of this match.
“I heard them,” Nancy noted. There were twists and turns between the two policemen. There was noise. Much better. ”
“The more noise you hear, the more fun it is,” said Choinière. It motivates us. They are welcome, it’s nice. ”