MLS: Sporting Kansas City win 2-1 against CF Montreal



MONTREAL – CF Montreal have an opponent on hand to return to winning ways, but two avoidable mistakes have cost them three valuable points in the standings.

Although they were by far the most menacing on the pitch during the match, the Montreal side allowed Kansas City Sporting to come back from behind to win 2-1 on the stadium lawn on Saturday night.

Sporting (5-11-4) arrived in Montreal with the worst MLS record, but conceded a goal in the 13th minute to end a two-game losing streak.

Roger Espinoza used an error by Romell Quioto and a poor placing by Sebastian Breza to equalize the score and Rémi Walter scored after Kamal Miller accidentally shoved the ball into his area after a touch entry.

Quioto had started to turn the ball by scoring his seventh goal of the season, but the Montrealers lost several chances to change the pace of the match at halftime and second half. They largely dominated possession, almost 65%, and had 16 shots on goal, including five on goal, compared to six for their opponents.

We try a lot of crosses and I think Sporting did a good job of countering them. We have been in their penalty area several times, but we could not have that last pass or that final blow with confidence. However, I don’t think goalkeeper Tim Melia stole any goals from us. There was a lack of finishing touches, but Kansas City also defended well, ”midfielder Samuel Piette analyzed.

Wilfried Nancy’s men also missed a great chance to distance themselves from FC Cincinnati and Charlotte FC, who chase them for the fourth level of the Eastern Conference. The coach, however, does not think that this bitter defeat will leave traces within his group.

“The players are certainly not happy to lose against a troubled club like this. We have goals and we need to do our best to win these games, especially when we play at home, Nancy said. It is the disappointment of the moment, but there are still many games. We will see how it goes later, but the most important thing is how you will recover. “

Before the match, CF Montreal (9-8-2) announced that Victor Wanyama would be out with a disease unrelated to COVID-19, but Logan Ketterer was on the MLS COVID-19 protocol.

The Montrealers will return to the pitch next Saturday at the Stade Saputo, where they will host Toronto FC.

Two costly mistakes

CF Montreal quickly set the tone as they buzzed into enemy territory and the efforts paid off in the 13th minute.

On the right flank, Lassi Lappalainen took off defender Ben Sweat’s shoes before delivering a superb cross at the far post which Quioto deftly deflected with a header at the back of the net.

So far not threatening, Sporting opened the door in the 29th minute. Quioto has poor ball control and Espinoza grabs him. Pursued by Quioto and Piette, Honduras fired a left that went beyond the hand of Breza, who was well advanced on the field, before slipping into the net.

“Romell took the ball in midfield and I was on his side to give him an option, but I think he never saw Espinoza come. He hit first and I didn’t have time to block his shot,” Piette analyzed. .

After several missed chances, particularly on a corner kick, CF Montreal were caught 63 minutes into the game: during a sideline entry, Miller headed a ball that landed behind him. Kayden Pierre grabbed it and threw it back to Walter, who fired a powerful shot that gave Breza no chance.

CF Montreal had several other chances in the penalty area before the end of the match, including that of Mathieu Choinière, who was rejected by Melia, but failed to create parity.


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