SEATTLE – Mason Toye scored his first two MLS goals in nearly 11 months and starred in CF Montreal’s treasured 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders Wednesday night at Lumen Field.
Appointed owner by coach Wilfried Nancy, Toye thanked him in the most beautiful way by moving the ropes first on 18 ‘, then on 62’.
On each occasion, Toye hit the target after Kei Kamara passes.
“Kei was great. He was great today. He made it super easy for me. It’s really wonderful to be able to play with him, ”Toye said.
After the match, Toye also highlighted the contribution of another group of players.
“Three points in Seattle are really difficult to do in this championship and we got there. It was an incredible team effort. The backline members were the men of the game. Everyone in the defensive unit was great. “
By far the most threatening player of the Sounders, Jordan Morris, at the start of the first half, scored the only goal against Sebastian Breza, who was particularly vigilant at the end of the game.
With this win, CF Montreal (9-6-2) climbed to the top of the Eastern Conference rankings.
The Montreal team scores 29 points, the same number as the Philadelphia Union, but their two more wins give them the advantage in the tie-break.
Furthermore, this win allowed him to launch on a positive note a short two-game trip to the American West Coast that everyone said would be difficult, with this stop in Seattle and Monday night’s duel against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
“We wanted to put in a good performance to allow us to win and that’s what we did today,” noted Nancy.
“It was up to us to play our game, play a good game and that’s what the boys did for 70 minutes. After that we had a bit of difficulty, of course, also a lot of difficulties to hold on, but we did it and I’m super happy for the guys. The boys were very, very good at play, attacking and defending, “the CF Montreal manager also analyzed.
A first half of quality
From the first to the 45th minute of play, CF Montreal achieved one of their best first half performances in 2022.
During this first half, on the pitch of a team in full possession of their means for a few weeks and playing their fifth consecutive home game, Wilfried Nancy’s troops controlled the ball more than 57 percent of the time and fired seven. shots on goalkeeper Stefan Frei compared to two for the Sounders on Breza.
The only negative moment of this first half for the Montreal team came during the third minute of play.
Morris took advantage of a long pass from Cristian Roldan to present himself in the penalty area and, despite Mathieu Choinière watching him closely, beat Breza with a low shot in the lower left corner.
But about 15 minutes later, Toye brought both teams back to square one with a quality left-footed shot in the right corner of the opponent’s net after a two-on-one with Kamara.
For Toye, it was his first MLS goal since August 4, 2021 against Atlanta United.
The Sounders were the hardest on the way back from the locker room, and Roldan put Breza to the test with an awkward shot from the penalty area, which Breza managed to block.
After this interesting start of recovery for the Sounders, the CF Montreal players have regained their colors and, above all, the advantage of the match.
Once again, the Kamara-Toye duo joined their efforts and Toye scored his second double in Montreal by deflecting a precise pass from his new accomplice behind Frei.
With nearly 30 minutes left to negotiate, CF Montreal reacted well to opponents’ attacks and held out to begin their journey on the American West Coast.