History repeats itself at home for CF Montreal, stopped by the Red Bulls

History repeats itself at home for CF Montreal, stopped by the Red Bulls
History repeats itself at home for CF Montreal, stopped by the Red Bulls

On Wednesday, with a goal from Lewis Morgan and a 1-0 victory over CF Montreal at Stade Saputo, the New Yorkers became the 11th MLS team to collect at least 30 points on opposing lawns in a season.

They are currently 3rd, now just two points behind Montreal. On the other hand, at Red Bull Arena, where they are very likely to play the playoffs, their record is only four wins, five draws and five losses. It’ll take a sip of the nectar that gave them a name, a dozen years after they were born.

Game between the New York Red Bulls and CF Montreal.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Graham Hughes

In Montreal, after the many successes on the road (8-4-2), the statistical record at home is still digesting a little better, with seven victories, already. But Wednesday’s loss, the fifth at home this season, is part of an already known history, that of defeats – and even draws, New York City FC will say – where one feels that, even if the match lasted 450 minutes, the fault will never appear.

That’s nothing to worry head coach Wilfried Nancy, despite the end of an eight-game unbeaten streak. He is no more alarmed by the absence of Lassi Lappalainen (adductors), which hurt the collective, but which should not last forever.

Except that at a time when we rejoice in the growing probability that at least one playoff game will take place in Montreal, we still have to make sure we can win them. And against New York, it never really seemed possible.

Today (Wednesday), for the team that I had set up, we knew that they were going to attack us, supported Nancy. We had attacking players who weren’t ready to start the game. So we wanted to unbalance them in another way. That’s why, in terms of choices, we put in place a team that was perhaps less offensive, but which was capable of controlling their counter-attacks. It was still well done. Afterwards, it’s really technical accuracy, precision in the last gesture.

When I look at the face of the match, in the second half, we were at home, of course, continued the coach. They got nothing from that. In the first half, yes, they have a few chances, but not very, very clear. Then they have the goal. It may have lacked a bit of fluidity in the final third, but I wasn’t surprised by the players at our disposal. Those who played did the right thing. We fell against a good defensive team.

The Red Bulls, like Philadelphia and Austin who also won in Montreal in 2022, are among the top 10 defensive teams in MLS, the kind of team to beat in the playoffs. New York City, which held the Bleu-blanc-noir in check, is also there.

Then there was Kansas City, one of the three worst. Let’s move on.

However, on the outside, the Impact beat some good defensive teams like, well, the Red Bulls, or even Columbus. Seattle, for all its ills, is giving just over a goal a game. Montreal also went to impose itself on its ground. The all-powerful Philadelphia Union, which validated its ticket to the playoffs on Wednesday, has suffered one of the five draws that mar his record at home against the men of Nancy.

Would they feel more liberated on the outside? Let’s not go that far, suggests Victor Wanyama.

I think there is even more pressure outside than at home, indicated the veteran. There are not many of our supporters there. It’s difficult to play there. Tonight was just one of those games you have to quickly forget. […] A lot of things didn’t work out for us tonight, but their game plan worked.

The next visitors to Stade Saputo, Columbus and Chicago, will certainly take note. The Red Bulls’ strategy worked so well that it saw the club win in Montreal for the first time in a decade.

No, it’s not a typo. A decade. The current Leeds United coach was then from Montreal, that is to say.

The Red Bulls have a well-defined identity. The pressure comes quickly. Wilfried Nancy, throwing many flowers in the direction of the Red Bulls, also underlined in passing that it was the first time that he saw them deploy a complete defensive effort for 90 minutes. It may therefore be difficult to reproduce this game plan exactly, but there are certainly variations on this theme.

What is easy to repeat, however, is the feeling that emerges after this loss in the Montreal locker room. Because the next opponent is Toronto on Sunday.

We go there to winassured Samuel Piette.

Yes, the low. An away game. There is a worse opportunity to relaunch.

Start of the widget. Skip the widget?

End of the widget. Back to top of widget?

The article is in French

Tags: History repeats home Montreal stopped Red Bulls

PREV Death of Elizabeth II. William, Harry, Kate and Meghan appear together outside Windsor Castle
NEXT Death of Elizabeth II. William, Harry, Kate and Meghan appear together outside Windsor Castle