The five games that made the year for CF Montreal

The five games that made CF Montreal’s year

UPDATE DAY

CF Montreal's journey may have ended prematurely, but the Bleu-Blanc-Noir still had a prosperous and emotional season. 

Here are the five most outstanding games of the Montreal eleven in 2022. 

A performance worthy of the Grinta

In good circumstances particular, Wilfried Nancy's men drew a 0-0 draw from their future executioner, New York City FC, on 30 July. The day before, assistant coach Jason “la Grinta” Di Tullio lost his life after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. 

After a moving pre-match ceremony, CF Montreal dictated the pace of the game against the powerful New York club, preventing them from reaching James Pantemis' goal for 90 minutes. Even though her troupe was unable to demystify Sean Johnson, Nancy was filled with a great sense of pride after the game. “To honor Jason, you had to have the Grinta mentality, be positive, passionate, brave and courageous like Jason was and I think we were tonight.”

Waterman plays the heroes

No other Major League Soccer (MLS) team is more aware of the resilience of the Montreal XI than the Columbus Crew. Twice in the season, the Ohio team was deprived of a victory by conceding two goals in the last moments of a duel against CF Montreal. 

The Aug. 3 game was particularly painful for the Crew, as it delivered nothing short of a discomfiture to its fans after a 90-minute hiatus caused by thunderstorms. Their former striker Kei Kamara first tied the score in the 88th minute, then Joel Waterman delivered the knockout blow to make it 2-1 in the 94th. “Excuse me for the term, but damn it's good,” said a smiling Nancy after this comeback.

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“The way this league is made, when you lead 2-0, you can't sit on your laurels”: Kamal Miller and CF Montreal offered a lesson in humility to Toronto FC on September 4. After scoring two goals in seven short minutes to open the game, the hosts seemed destined to comfortably defeat their arch-rivals. 

The Montreal club, however, pulled themselves together to deliver one of their most inspired performances of the season, leading 4-2 just 47 minutes later. With this 4-3 win, the Bleu-Blanc-Noir exceeded its previous mark for the number of points in a season (51), and tarnished the slim hopes of the Torontonians to qualify for the playoffs.

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The best team in history on the road

One wonders what would have happened last Sunday if CF Montreal hadn't enjoyed home-court advantage in their loss to NYCFC. If he presented an honest record at Stade Saputo (9-5-3), what he accomplished away from his cozy home is quite simply an achievement. The very last game of the regular season, on October 9 against Inter Miami, the Bleu-Blanc-Noir improved its road record to 11-4-2 by winning 3 to 1. < /p>

At the same time, he set a new MLS record for consecutive away wins (seven) and home wins in a season (11). Montreal's biggest offensive guns, Romell Quioto, Djordje Mihailovic and Kamara, have each scored six times on the road in 2022.

A perfect playoff game

Without calling on Quioto, the team's MVP, because he was bothered by a thigh injury, CF Montreal began their playoff run against Orlando City SC on October 16. Widely regarded as favourites, the hosts played with confidence and were undeterred even though the score was still 0-0 after 67 minutes. 

Quebec shooting star Ismaël Koné then saved Stade Saputo by scoring the decisive goal in this 2-0 victory. players were able to taste the experience of a playoff game in the city of a hundred steeples. 

“It's the best atmosphere I've known in my professional career and that says a lot because I experienced a lot of good atmospheres, ”said Mihailovic, in his penultimate game in a Montreal uniform.