MONTREAL – Let’s be honest, we’re never at peak efficiency when we come back from vacation. Let’s see what’s left in the secretariat, clean up the e-mails, stop at every door to give and receive news. Five o’clock arrives and we end up telling each other that Tuesday morning we will really go back to work.
CF Montreal delivered the football equivalent of a relaxed Monday night at the Stade Saputo. And it could earn him a little visit to the boss’s office! Returning to the field after a 20-day hiatus, he was duped by Austin FC and suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat.
Especially embarrassing because the Montreal eleven played half the game with a player’s advantage. Ten guests had to fend for themselves after midfielder Daniel Pereira was sent off with a second yellow card in the 45thAnd minute.
And to add insult to injury, it was Maxi Urruti, the fans’ scapegoat par excellence during his stay at the club in 2019 and 2020, who scored the deadly goal. The Argentinian scored his fifth goal of the season after beating two defenders from Jon Gallagher’s cross in 67And minute.
Far from being whipped by this warning, the Montrealers nearly took a second slap four minutes later when ace Sebastian Driussi nearly put a well-sent cross at the far post.
Coach Wilfried Nancy reacted quickly with a triple substitution. Romell Quioto, Alistair Johnston and Ahmed Hamdi arrived as reinforcements, but their contribution was not enough to reverse the trend.
At 85And minute, Quioto stammered with a ball at the foot of goalkeeper Brad Stuver, but could never finish.
In the fifty minutes spent on 11v10, the local club scored one less shot than their guests. For the duration of the match, only two of his eleven attempts on the opponent’s goal hit the target. These came from Kei Kamara’s foot which, contrary to his habits, was severely lacking in finishing in the opponent’s area.
Kamara will especially blame herself for a missed opportunity in the 53And minute, when a ball that should have been intercepted by a defender has passed under the spot. Surprised, the great attacker couldn’t react before the Cerberus robbed him of the coveted item.
“Football is like that. When you don’t punish, you get punished, “Nancy said after the meeting.
“We lacked the killer instinct a bit, obviously understood Samuel Piette, who was replaced by Ismaël Koné in the interval. We had our chances, but we are disappointed with the result. At home you have to win your games, even more so when you face a team from the West. This is the second time this has happened to us. Plus, with an extra man for a full half, you can’t lose those points. “
The absence of several starters in the starting eleven did not help CF Montreal. Injured in the knee this week during training, Djordje Mihailovic was not in uniform. Matko Miljevic got the mandate in place of him. In defense Kamal Miller is unavailable and has been replaced by Gabriele Corbo.
Lassi Lappalainen, who is just out of the COVID protocol, and Sunusi Ibrahim (ankle) were also unable to play.
CF Montreal will play three games over the next eleven days. He will first play the Canadian Championship semi-final in Toronto on Wednesday, then return home to host Charlotte FC on Saturday. He will then leave for Seattle where he will play his first away game from 18 May.
“It will be a complicated program, anticipates Samuel Piette. Of course it would have been nice to start everything with three points, we know how important home games are. But it will be up to the players to take care of them because there will be rotations, we will need everyone.”