Perhaps a matchup with defensively challenged FC Cincinnati will help CF Montreal regain its offensive production.
Looking to bounce back from another poor goal-scoring effort, CF Montreal will try to keep visiting FC Cincinnati winless Saturday at their temporary home venue in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Montreal CF (2-2-2, 8 points) scored six goals in their first two games while opening the season with a win over Toronto FC and draw at Nashville SC. Since then, they have managed just two goals (both from Bjorn Johnsen) and have been shut out three times while going 1-2-1.
On Saturday at Atlanta United FC, Montreal conceded a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time to take a 1-0 defeat.
“We have to learn about how we can manage the game a little bit better until the end,” Montreal coach Wilfried Nancy said, according to the Montreal Gazette. “This is the objective.”
Montreal might be in a good position to meet that objective against Cincinnati (0-3-1, 1 point), which has conceded a league-high 13 goals this season.
On Sunday, FCC fell behind 2-0 in the first 38 minutes of the inaugural game at its new TQL Stadium, then tied it with second-half goals from Alvaro Barreal and Nick Hagglund before allowing the winner in the 85th minute of a 3-2 loss to Inter Miami CF.
“There’s a good thing that we showed quality,” Cincinnati coach Jaap Stam said. “We showed willingness to get back in the game and determination. That’s what you’re looking for. And, also at times we showed some good football.
“It’s also a way of thinking as an individual, you need to be switched on at certain moments, and be more aggressive at times, as well.”
Cincinnati has allowed 11 goals in the past three games, all losses.
Different players have scored each of the four 2021 goals for Cincinnati this season. FCC is winless in its last eight road games going back to Sept. 20, 2020, scoring just three goals while going 0-7-1.
–Field Level Media
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