CF Montréal Draws D.C. United, 2-2
WASHINGTON, D.C. - CF Montréal overcame a late two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with D.C. United on Wednesday night at Audi Field.
D.C. defender Donovan Pines opened the score in the 44th minute on a header. The home side then doubled its lead thanks to Theodore Ku-Dipietro in the 59th minute.
The Montrealers then struck twice in two minutes to salvage a point. Sunusi Ibrahim kicked off the comeback with his first MLS goal this season in the 80th minute from an Ariel Lassiter cross. The two players then switched roles as Ibrahim turned provider on a Lassiter equalizer two minutes later.
The two teams will meet again on Wednesday, July 26, at Stade Saputo in the group phase of the Leagues Cup.
Up next for CF Montréal is the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at Subaru Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm (Apple MLS Season Pass, BPM Sports, TSN 690). Montreal will then play for silverware next Wednesday in the Canadian Championship final at 10pm EDT at BC Place (OneSoccer, BPM Sports, TSN 690).
-Defender Rudy Camacho earned the 120th start of his career in MLS with CF Montréal.
-Lassiter recorded an assist in a second consecutive match.
Postgame comments from head coach Hernán Losada, Zachary Brault-Guillard and Ariel Lassiter will be available here.
"We were tired at times. I wanted to make all the changes before the 2-0 score, but the ball wouldn't go into touch. The changes we made tonight made all the difference. It is an important point earned, because we didn't concede the three points to a direct conference rival. This momentum will be good for Saturday's game and the Canadian Championship final too. Before the game, we noticed that D.C. played with a very high defensive line. We didn't exploit this aspect in the first half, but with the changes, we were able to play with more depth. We scored some great goals in transition. I even felt we could have won the game. It is never easy when you're trailing by two goals on the road."
"We were trying to change the game with changes in the second half and we were able to show that in the first few minutes when we came on. It is not easy to get into games like that. Getting a point on the road is good for the whole group. It is all positive. It shows that we all believe in the project, that we want to earn a playoff spot and that we have the mentality to never give up."
"For me, the change in position to a fullback sets a higher standard. I have to be a second option to score going forward while also tracking back in defence. But goals change games. We just needed one goal to get back in the game. The players' mentality was excellent. We continued to fight. 2-0 is a very dangerous lead and we showed that tonight."
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