CF Montreal provided plenty of entertainment for its supporters and MLS soccer fans on Saturday night in Houston.
Against Dynamo, the band of Wilfried Nancy once again demonstrated this resilience which made its mark in 2022 to finally win 3-2 against a client who was very ready to defend himself.
In doing so, Montreal now ranks second in the standings in the East, a great feat that makes Stade Saputo the place to visit this summer (and certainly this fall) for local sports fans.
This five-goal game was far from the only one in the league on Saturday. There were six more on the same day, which broke an MLS record set… last week.
In short, offense is a big part of the discourse in MLS these days and that’s not a bad thing, given that the North American public, on average, is apt not to appreciate games that end too much. 0-0 or 1-0.
With that said, here are five moments to remember from the last weekend in MLS:
Unity is strength
The Philadelphia Union sits at the top of the standings in the East and it is no coincidence given the management of the workforce that is done there and the quality of the players that its academy delivers year after year. . The players designated flashy, very little for them, which makes the team the model to follow in MLS in the eyes of the modest. This goal scored by midfielder Daniel Gazdag on Saturday in a decisive 4-1 victory against Chicago is a fine example of what makes the Union strong:
Dániel Gazdag, when unity is strength –
The Toronto Moose
Employing a model quite the opposite of that of the Union, Toronto FC are recovering after the arrival of their expensive Italian stars Federico Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne, not to mention the return of the effective Canadian full-back Richie Laryea. The Ontario Reds are now undefeated in four games and have moved up to four points from last place giving access to the playoffs with nine games left on their schedule. The big cars, decried by the modest, therefore have a real, immediate impact, and could finally allow the club to enter the playoffs in the fall…
Insigne and Bernardeschi make a mess –
CF Montreal winger Lassi Lappalainen has been playing like a liberated man for about a month and once again hints at the quality the public saw in him when he landed in town in 2019. It is impossible to ignore his very fine maneuver who made the difference on Saturday in Houston:
madness in austin
Austin FC, led by the excellent Sebastian Driussi, is probably the most entertaining club in MLS this season. The Texas team overcame a 3-1 deficit against Kansas City on Saturday and it was Driussi, leader in the race for the title of MLS player of the year, who closed the books in added time to sow the frenzy in the stands. The best goal of the game, however, belongs to Dutch striker Danny Hoesen:
What a goal from Danny Hoesen! –
Atlanta United are having another complicated season and had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Cincinnati, but their promising attacking midfielder Thiago Almada was able to shine nonetheless with that sumptuous strike that left no chance to goalkeeper Roman Celentano.
Thiago Almada goes there with a golazo –
As a bonus:
In the field of beautiful strikes, we also salute the efforts of Alan Velasco (Dallas) and Jeremy Ebobisse (San Jose):
Alan Velasco’s sumptuous strike –
Ebobisse goes « bar down » –