Second loss in as many outings for the CFM

CF Montreal missed a second straight comeback, this time at home against the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Olympic Stadium.

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Wilfried Nancy’s squad saw the wind change drastically following a goal denied by Djordje Mihailovic in the 49th minute.

A few moments later, in the space of three minutes, more precisely, the Impact allowed two quick goals and the Union never looked back.

More details to come.



90th minute | Mikael Uhre (PHI) is once again deprived by goalkeeper Sebastian Breza (MTL) who keeps his team in the game

81st minute | Kamal Miller has CFM’s second goal at the end of his head, his redirection lacks precision

79th minute | Rida Zouhir (MTL) gets a chance to level the scoreline at the entrance to the penalty area, his shot ends up wide of the target

76th minute | Mikael Uhre (PHI) beats the Montreal defense, but his shot misses the target

71st minute | Julián Carranza (PHI) is very involved in the duel, this time he puts too much on the taste of the official and receives a red card

70th minute | Well positioned in the box, Lassi Lappalainen (MTL) recovers a free ball and directs a full shot with the right foot, Andre Blake (PHI) saves the furniture

56th minute | GOAL PHI Daniel Gazdag (PHI) gives his side the lead by completing in a good way the brilliant delivery of Julián Carranza

53rd minute | GOAL PHI Alejandro Bedoya (PHI) recovers a loose ball in the penalty area and showers cold water on the Olympic Stadium

49th minute | GOAL REFUSED MTL Djordje Mihailovic (MTL) achieves a good individual sequence, escapes and thwarts Andre Blake (PHI). After review, the goal is disallowed due to a foul by Mihailovic, earlier on this attacking momentum

46th minute | Start of the second half


44th minute | CF Montreal takes advantage of a foul by José Martínez (PHI) near the penalty area to play short, the shot from Joaquín Torres (MTL) is redirected over the net by goalkeeper Andre Blake (PHI)

41st minute | Joaquín Torres (MTL) tries his luck with the left foot, his shot misses the target by several feet

37th minute | Julián Carranza (PHI) comes into contact with Sebastian Breza (MTL), a scuffle breaks out

32nd minute | GOAL MTL Lassi Lappalainen (MTL) plays luck and sees his shot land in the back of the Union net; it’s a first goal at home this season for CF Montreal

15th minute | Julián Carranza (PHI) directs a powerful right footed shot from the center of the box, Sebastian Breza (MTL) makes a brilliant save

12th minute | Joaquín Torres (MTL) accepts the handover from Ismaël Koné and serves a first warning to the Union with a shot from the left foot, Andre Blake (PHI) intervenes

6th minute | Lassi Lappalainen (MTL) uses his speed and pushes back the Philadelphia defense; CF Montreal gets a corner kick

1st minute | Start of the meeting

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CF Montreal missed their start to the MLS season with a 2-0 loss in Orlando last Saturday, but they can recover in their home opener this afternoon. the visitor for this first home game of the season even though the team already has a Champions League match at the Olympic Stadium behind the tie.

The next two weeks will be quite intense to negotiate for the team which will have to play on two fronts with a round trip against Cruz Azul in the quarter-finals of the Champions League as well as three MLS meetings, including two abroad We have also had proof that the Champions League could fall into the hands of the teams participating in it since the four MLS teams which had meetings in the continental tournament last week lost last weekend.

big vision

“I had spoken with colleagues who had told me that returning to MLS was not easy after the Champions League”, admitted Wilfried Nancy who chooses to have a broad vision of things. “We have the great long-term vision by seeing the matches arrive with the trips.” He therefore tries to spare the goat and the cabbage by playing on two tables and by not wanting to neglect anything. “I do not neglect MLS, I do not neglect any match , we don’t have that luxury. But if we don’t play a Champions League match, we would play an MLS one. “It’s the start of the season and there are trips, so we have to manage the freshness.”

Without Quioto

Having received a red card last week in Florida, striker Romell Quioto will be absent. He will also be sidelined next week against Cruz Azul due to an accumulation of yellow cards. The door is therefore wide open for a first departure from Kei Kamara who is just waiting to play. “Romell, we know his qualities. He is able to protect his ball with his back to goal, noted Zorhan Bassong. Kei, who is very athletic, is also able to do that and he will be able to do everything that Romell does. When he jumps, he takes off and that can be interesting.” In addition to Quioto, Mason Toye, Bjørn Johnsen, Sunusi Ibrahim and Samuel Piette are absent and awaiting a return to play.


Wilfried Nancy has said it before, he has respect and admiration for what his counterpart, Jim Curtin, is doing at the Union. “He had time to put things in place and what I see is that each year, the team progresses on very specific points”, noted Nancy. This one does not adhere to the whole of the project, but likes the way in which it is carried out. have a clear and defined style and I like that, but that doesn’t mean that I like that style of play. It’s a bit different from ours, they are very aggressive in picking up speed in their animation and knowing that, there are weaknesses.” In his fifth season in MLS, Rudy Camacho is starting to know all the opponents well and also thinks that things are done well in Pennsylvania. “I never felt inferior to them, but it’s a team that is strong and that is in the playoffs every year. “They have a certain stability that other clubs do not have and I hope that we will follow the example t aspect of their club.”

Camacho closes in on peak form

Rudy Camacho will likely start a second game this season in this first meeting at home in 2022. He who joined the team a little late during training camp in Orlando, Camacho only played the second leg against Santos Laguna, last week. “I feel better physically, but 100% physically, I don’t know, said the French central back. But I felt good in the first match. “And precisely, he seemed rather well during this meeting won 3 to 0 by CF Montreal. His return will do the greatest good to bring stability in central defense.

Young team

We feel like we’re always hitting on this nail, but the team is very young, so having a 30-year-old central who has four years of experience in MLS is not a luxury. given that without him, last week the game was not always so fluid in its construction, since this team likes to develop from the back to the front. “When you take the ball out 15 times, nobody talks about it , but when you lose it once, everyone talks about it,” Camacho noted. “It’s a philosophy, it’s not to look good, it’s to put the opponent in difficulty. You just have to learn to manage the moments better.


As there are many defenders, Wilfried Nancy has the good game to choose those who are in the best shape. “It’s a big advantage, recognized Rudy Camacho. I think everyone understands the philosophy and that’s what’s important.” Among these young people, there is Zorhan Bassong, 22, who is still looking for his bearings as a left-back. “Basically, I think he I have to work on everything defensive, admitted the Quebecer. I need to increase my level of concentration. “I also need to improve my positioning and get back to my position more quickly when I’m high on the pitch.”


Big changesThe Union is a team that is part of continuity, but there have still been significant changes this winter with the departure of veterans such as Aurélien Collin, Ilsinho, Alvas Powell, Kacper Przybylko and Jamiro Monteiro.The other AaronsonIt wasn’t too long ago that Brenden Aaronson was turning heads with Philadelphia and he finally found himself in Europe. At 18, his brother Paxten is starting his second season and he too could well come out of the shadows if all goes well.Burke in chargeWith the departure of Kacper Przybylko, there is a place to take in attack at the Union. Cory Burke surprised everyone with 10 goals in his rookie season in 2018 and he’s still trying to repeat that success. The year 2022 could be his.A firstAs Wilfried Nancy pointed out, this is the first time the Philadelphia Union will play at Olympic Stadium, which could be interesting. Laymen are often surprised by ball movements from the box.Already 50Goalkeeper Andre Blake is entering his ninth season in MLS and has already reached the milestone of 50 shutouts. He also had his best year in this regard in 2021 with a total of 12.


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