In the absence of several key players, the Montreal Football Club played its fifth game in a row without a win, falling 2-1 against DC United on Sunday night at Audi Field in the American capital.
Already making sure he couldn’t count on Romell Quioto and Lassi Lappalainen (injured), nor on Kiki Struna, Rudy Camacho and Victor Wanyama (suspended), Wilfried Nancy had to call in rookie goalkeeper Sebastian Briza to defend his team’s net in this “game of Six points.”
The gesture became necessary following the news, announced by the team an hour before the match began, that goalkeeper James Bantames had been exposed to MLS’ COVID-19 protocol, making him suddenly unavailable for this duel.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper showed great things, but couldn’t stop Andy Carpenter, at 40NS Minutes, Ola Kamara, fifty-fourNS Minutes to find the bottom of the network. Camara’s goal was his sixth in his last five encounters.
Zachary Broult-Gillard, at the start of the first half, gave the lead to CF Montreal (6-7-5), who had not won since July 17.
Team Montreal remained eighth in the Eastern Conference standings, one point behind Columbus Crew. As for DC United (8-7-3), they increased their lead over Wilfried Nancy’s men to four points.
Montreal will return to its fans next Saturday night when it faces the New York Red Bulls, another team that looks like Montreal will compete for a place in the upcoming playoffs.
CF Montreal under assault
Building on a four-game unbeaten run and facing a private team of several potential stake holders, DC United players conquered the CF Montreal district from the very first moments of the match.
After 15 minutes of play, they attempted five shots towards Breza, including four shots on target that the young goalkeeper from Ottawa had saved with confidence, while the Montreal side generated nothing in attack.
Then, after 16 minutes of play, DC United fell 1-0. Brault-Guillard directed a lobed ball that passed through the left hand of goalkeeper John Kempin, who had moved forward.
That goal slowed DC United’s enthusiasm, but it wasn’t enough for the Montreal team to keep their lead.
After a free kick by Julian Grissel, Carpenter, who was posted in the center of the penalty area, turned the ball with his head to the left of Briza, who could not help it.
DC United started the second half the same way they started the game, and this time, the reward was quick.
With the help of a shift from Joaquin Torres in the defensive third, Camara scored 10 goalsNS The goal of the season on a shot that beat Briza on his left, despite the landing of the Montreal goalkeeper.
Montreal were limited to two shots in the net in the last 45 minutes of play, none of which hit the target.
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