CF Montreal host Columbus Crew in potential MLS playoff preview

MONTREAL – On Sunday night, CF Montreal came back strong in the first half of the Canadian Classic to win 4-3 against Toronto FC.

In addition to jeopardizing their rivals’ chances in the playoffs, Montreal also set a franchise record for the most points in the regular season.

« It’s something we’ve done all season, we haven’t stopped fighting, even at halftime they wanted to keep pushing and I obviously support them, » said Montreal coach Wilfried. Nancy. “We had the heart to show what kind of team we are. A team that loves the way they play and a team that plays with passion. »

The Nancy club are second in the MLS Eastern Conference with 52 points and five games to go. Philadelphia leads the East with 60 points.

Montreal (16-9-4) is now turning its attention to earning a playoff berth for the first time since 2016. The team can achieve that on Friday by hosting the Columbus Crew (9-6-13).

Columbus has lost just one game in its last 16 – and that happened at home to Montreal a month ago. The Crew are once again in position to play the play-offs and could even face Montreal in the first round.

« Normally it’s us who are fighting for a playoff spot and playing against teams that can knock us out, so it’s a really nice feeling to have the shoe on the other foot, » said the Captain Samuel Piette. “So if we face them in the playoffs, we want to show them that we are dangerous on the road and at home. »

Cucho Hernandez and Lucas Zelarayàn have established themselves as one of the best attacking duos in MLS. Since the arrival of Hernadez last June from Watford, they have been behind the Columbus attack with 12 goals and 6 assists.

In their last meeting, Montreal managed to keep Hernadez off the scoresheet – one of only four teams to do so.

While Montreal dominated away from home, its recent play in front of the home crowd at Stade Saputo was less impressive.

Toronto FC forward Ayo Akinola (20) and CF Montreal defender Rudy Camacho (4) battle for the ball during the first half of MLS soccer action in Toronto on Sunday, September 4, 2022. Sunday night , CF Montreal came back strong in the first period of the Canadian Classic to win 4-3 against Toronto FC.

Four of the team’s last five defeats have come at home, with the offense struggling to assert themselves consistently. This should prove even more difficult as we approach the post-season, as the intensity of matches increases.

« We’ve been in those situations before and that experience is crucial, » Nancy said. “Suffering and losing the games we lost last year and at the start of this year are necessary for us to learn and grow. »

Kickoff at Saputo Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

This report from La EssonneInfo was first published on September 8, 2022.

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