MONTREAL – CF Montreal tried everything after the game but lost 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night at the Stade Saputo.
Bleu-blanc-noir had the opportunity to set three team records during this duel, but were regularly pressured by opponents and made several unusual mistakes in recent weeks.
Though they saw the end of their eight-game winning streak, CF Montreal (15-9-4) clung to the exclusivity of the Eastern Conference second division. However, he saw the Philadelphia Union extend their lead at the top of the east to eight points.
For their part, the Red Bulls (13-8-8) took advantage of this victory to take third place in the East and have moved within two points of CF Montreal.
New York top scorer Lewis Morgan broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute with his 13th goal of the campaign. The Red Bulls have remained unbeaten in their last four outings (3-0-1) and became the eleventh team in MLS history to collect 30 away points in one season (9-3-3).
The Montreal side announced ahead of the game that midfielder Lassi Lappalainen would be absent with a hamstring injury. Rudy Camacho (right shoulder), Zorhan Bassong (COVID-19 protocol) and Ismaël Koné (suspension) also missed the call.
CF Montreal will return to the field on Sunday when they visit Toronto FC.
Both teams played a game of chess in the first 20 minutes of the match and very few actions found the penalty area. The game then came to life on both sides.
Joaquin Torres scored CF Montreal’s first scoring chance when he was patient with the ball before narrowly missed the goal with his left-footed shot.
Red Bulls striker Elias Manoel also knocked twice on the door, but his low shots were blocked by goalkeeper James Pantemis.
Minutes after Carlos Coronel stopped Romell Quioto’s shot from a tight angle, the New Yorkers opened the scoring. Cristian Casseres junior slipped a superb ball between two CF Montreal players and Morgan got it back. His little lob went to Pantemis and found the bottom of the net.
The guests threatened in the interval forcing Pantemis to make a nice save. CF Montreal struggled to keep the ball in the penalty area and Casseres fired a powerful shot that Pantemis stopped by diving to his left.
With their unbeaten streak up for grabs, the Montrealers have increased the pressure in the last quarter of an hour. In the 76th minute he went a few steps away from equalizing, but Mason Toye missed a golden opportunity on a cross from Quioto.
In the last few minutes, the Red Bulls have managed to fill the gaps by confirming the victory.