CF Montréal Edges Inter Miami CF 1-0
MONTREAL - In front of a second consecutive sold-out regular-season match, CF Montréal shut out Inter Miami CF 1-0 on Saturday night at Stade Saputo.
Despite Montreal's first-half dominance, the two teams went into the locker room tied 0-0 after 45 minutes.
In the end, it was former Miami midfielder Ariel Lassiter who broke through the Floridian defence in the second half with a low cross for Chinonso Offor (53'), who slid in the box to convert the winning goal.
CF Montréal will now head out for a three-game road trip. The team will first play D.C. United at Audi Field this Wednesday at 7:30pm (Apple MLS Season Pass, RDS, TSN, BPM Sports, TSN 690), before facing the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park on Saturday at 7:30pm (Apple MLS Season Pass, RDS, TSN, BPM Sports, TSN 690).
The team will then travel to British Columbia where it will challenge for the Voyageurs Cup in the Canadian Championship final against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday, June 7, at 10pm at BC Place (OneSoccer, BPM Sports, TSN 690).
-CF Montréal's home clean sheet streak in MLS now stands at 405 minutes.
-Jonathan Sirois recorded his fifth consecutive home clean sheet (all competitions).
-Chinonso Offor's game-winner was his third CF Montréal goal this season.
Postgame comments from head coach Hernán Losada, Jonathan Sirois and Rudy Camacho are available here.
"We played a good 60 minutes with some great moves. If we don't make the difference in the moments when we dominate the match, fatigue and stress start to take their toll. But we managed to score at the right time tonight, unlike the first game of the season in Miami. The support of our fans helps a lot. When you can't run anymore and you hear over 19,000 people supporting you, you find the extra energy. We've shown that we can stick together and win tough games. When you pull off a clean sheet, it's not just thanks to the goalkeeper. The central defenders gave their all. It's not easy playing against players like Campana and Martinez. Now it's a question of finding the right balance in D.C. and Philadelphia so that we arrive in the final in Vancouver with the best possible starting 11."
"Tonight, the defenders were excellent in their challenges. The whole defense played well. I approach every game as if it were my first. That's often the case this year against opponents I'm playing for the first time. It is an enriching experience and I'm happy with my first season so far. It has always been a dream of mine to play at Stade Saputo in front of a packed house."
"The rest was good, but I also wanted to play. We have some important games coming up. We were solid as a team. Everyone can contribute. It is good for confidence to win games, but we hope to pick up points on the road too."
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