A surging CF Montreal squad will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they visit New York City FC on Wednesday.
Montreal (6-3-4, 22 points) won its third straight in dramatic fashion Saturday, twice erasing two-goal deficits against FC Cincinnati for a 5-4 win. It last won four in a row from June 13-July 7, 2018.
With Montreal missing two key defenders in Kamal Miller (Gold Cup) and Kiki Struna (unavailable), Saturday marked the first time this season it has allowed more than two goals.
“We were soft defensively,” head coach Wilfried Nancy said. “We made too many mistakes, but the mistakes for me, this isn’t an issue. … Yes, for sure, we conceded four goals. We have to be better for sure; don’t get me wrong. We have to be more aggressive. But we scored one goal more than the opponent, so it’s okay.”
Montreal will also be without midfielder Samuel Piette and forward Romell Quioto as each remains with his national team for the Gold Cup.
New York (5-5-2, 17 points) is hoping home is where the points are as it kicks off a stretch of three straight as the hosts. The club, which is 3-2-1 at home, has lost its past two matches, including a 2-1 defeat to Montreal back on July 7, and has slid down the standings to seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Ronny Deila’s squad fell 2-1 to Columbus on Saturday, despite outshooting the Crew 21-6, including 7-3 in shots on goal. They’ve been the stronger team in possession in each of the past two games and successfully getting shots off but have struggled to put the ball in the net.
“We are still in a really good position,” Deila said. “We have to improve parts of our game, but we have to first of all continue being how solid we are because in the end that will lead to good results.”
New York remains without midfielder James Sands and goalkeeper Sean Johnson, both of whom are with the U.S. national team for the Gold Cup, while forward Talles Magno, their newest designated player, is sidelined with a knee injury.
–Field Level Media
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