The Vancouver Whitecaps really did not dominate this game against CF Montreal.
But the training of Western Canada makes it his specialty. She scored on a penalty shot, then a corner kick in the second half and it was done. Vancouver has scored its five set-piece goals since the start of the season.
It was a rare awkwardness from Kamal Miller in the box that opened the door to the Whitecaps. Colombian Cristian Dájome did not miss this chance on penalty, at the 57e minute, beating a Clément Diop who had not received any shot for more than a match and a half.
Wilfried Nancy then reacted promptly with a triple change. He explained after the match that he wanted to inject freshness, in the hope of getting more runs in depth and energy.
“I felt the guys had a little less pace than usual. At the same time, on the right side, I wanted to bring a little more speed and percussion and be a little more surgical in front of goal, ”he said.
Mathieu Choinière, who had not played for over a year, returned for Clément Bayiha on the right, while Erik Hurtado and Lassi Lappalainen replaced Romell Quioto and Bjørn Johnsen at the front.
But, fifteen minutes later, Cristian Dájome, again, dealt a hard blow to Montreal by jabbing a solid head behind Diop, who could only see the damage.
Joaquín Torres then played his first minutes with CFM, replacing Djordje Mihailovic.
In the last moments, Lassi Lappalainen scored for Montreal… but an arm of Erik Hurtado on the streak resulted in the invalidation of the goal.
Final score: 2-0 Vancouver, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, temporary home of the Whitecaps.
An important stop at Crépeau
The Montreal club had yet started the second half well – the result of « a good discussion with the players », said its head coach – after a rather quiet first half.
Like two boxers, the clubs studied each other for a long time at the start of the meeting.
The first shot only came halfway through the initial half, attempted by the CFM.
That said, Montreal should have registered for the score. Just before the half hour mark, Bjørn Johnsen – who replaced the injured Mason Toye – found himself alone in front of Maxime Crépeau following a huge defensive blunder by the Whitecaps.
The Quebec goalkeeper stole his former team perfectly anticipating the maneuver of the great striker, who could have done better.
Subsequently, Montreal slowly took the lead in this half, without however being able to materialize it.
The CFM is therefore shut out for a second game in a row. Bothered, Wilfried Nancy? Yes and no.
“Of course, that concerns me, but I have to be fair, we still create chances. Now you have to put them on, especially the ones that are really crisp and clear. Because today, it’s sure that if we put one of the chances we have in the first half, it’s not the same game. »
No doubt, a reference here to Bjørn Johnsen, who didn’t do the job on his first start in Montreal.
« It’s still too early » to talk about fears about offensive production, however continued Nancy, who said she was hopeful to see her own « reverse the trend ».
“There are times like that,” he summed up about it.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a breakdown. Two games without scoring, it’s a bit excessive to talk about lethargy, for his part commented Erik Hurtado. We scored six goals in four games, so more than one per game. I think we’re OK. »
Wilfried Nancy is a calm man. But his annoyance was nonetheless noticeable when he was invited to return to the conditions in which his troop played this match.
“It makes a big difference,” he noted of his club’s nearly five-hour flight on Friday, not counting the two-hour time difference. And the altitude.
« It’s not an excuse, but it’s a fact, » he added, stressing that he did not diminish the opponent’s credit for all that.
Samuel Piette was not started for a second in a row, bored by a contusion to his foot, but was available on the bench. Amar Sejdic has taken on his role in midfield again.
CF Montreal is now 1-1-2.
Classic question: should we see the glass half full or half empty?
Half full: only one loss.
Half empty: only one point out of a possible six against teams that had not played the previous Wednesday …
But the sample is still too thin.
The next game will take place Wednesday, at 7:30 pm, against Inter Miami CF, at DRV PNK Stadium, where CF Montreal plays its games “at home”.
In short, although it will be counted in the column « abroad », it will be both a home game and on the road for the CFM. Sort of.