CF Montreal: continue the streak


It’s with a two-game unbeaten streak on the road that CF Montreal head to New Jersey this weekend to face the Red Bulls this afternoon.

It’s pretty good for the Montrealers since the Bulls have still not won this season at Red Bull Arena, where they suffered a loss, a draw and scored only one goal.

Watch the matchup between Montreal and the Red Bulls starting at 3 p.m. today on TVA Sports and on TVA Sports direct.

We could also say that the Red Bulls are due to win one at home, but why be negative when, on the other side, Montreal could stick a third duel in a row without a loss?

Because, let’s face it, after a campaign that started with three losses, a little happy streak would do the world a lot of good.

What surprises the Red Bulls is that they have not yet triumphed in front of their supporters, but have won each of their three outings on enemy lawns.

In the opinion of Wilfried Nancy, it is not so anecdotal as that since it fits with the game plan of the New York team, which plays rather near the swamps of New Jersey, in Harrison.

“It’s not strange, it’s consistent with their style of play. It’s a counter-attacking team that plays the same way away as it does at home. At home, sometimes they have time to build, but they mostly play long balls.

“Away it’s even better for them because the home team are trying to build and they’re very good on the counters and take advantage of it. Against Toronto, it’s all goals on blocks.

The statistics prove the head coach of CF Montreal right because the Red Bulls have an average possession of the ball of only 38% this season, well below the 53% of the Quebec club.

A team that excels on the block and takes advantage of the slightest mistake, that’s not very good news for the Montrealers, who tend to give up bad goals these days.

As a reminder, CF Montreal allowed 14 goals in five games, including six in the last two meetings. Ironically, those were the two games that Nancy’s troupe didn’t lose. Go figure.

Even Kamal Miller is struggling to explain why he and his teammates multiply defensive blunders.

“It’s hard to find a reason, admitted the defender. We do everything we need to prepare for games and we shoot ourselves in the foot with mistakes. We have to go back to the base of the defensive game and stick together.

“The communication is there, we discuss a lot of what we could have done and what we could do to help each other.”

That said, Miller seems pretty optimistic for the matchup against the Red Bulls, provided everyone is at their best of concentration.

“New York is playing pretty straightforward, so if we limit mistakes, there won’t be too many unexpected things and we should be fine.”

“Since I joined this team, I think we’ve had a lot of success in the course of the game against New York. We can’t take a break because that’s where they can hurt us,” he added.

Last season, the two teams split the wins, with one on each side.

Wilfried Nancy has confirmed Romell Quioto has recovered from COVID-19 and will be fit to play tomorrow.

DIFFICULT AT HOME

The Red Bulls may find themselves in second place in the Eastern Conference, but they have had a difficult start to the season at home, where they could not do better than a defeat and a draw. They have scored just one of their nine goals at Red Bull Arena.

MORGAN STATION

After two seasons in Miami, where he had mixed success, especially last season, the Scotsman Lewis Morgan seems quite comfortable with the Bulls. He is the leader with three goals and one assist. His three successes are the work of a hat trick against FC Toronto.

EFFECTIVE DEFENSE

The Red Bulls attack is going well, but the defense is also doing the job with only four goals against in five games for an average of 0.8. New Yorkers have never allowed more than one goal in a game in 2022.

BIG HALF

Speaking of defensive play, the Red Bulls have so far yielded only once in the first half in five games this season. And in the second half, the three goals are spaced out over each quarter of an hour.

SMALL CROWDS

Although they play in the stunning Red Bull Arena which can seat 25,000 spectators, the club have an average of 15,086 supporters in their first two home fixtures, ranking them 21st in MLS.



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