Orlando City vs. CF Montreal: preview and how to watch

Welcome to your match thread for a Saturday afternoon match between orlando city (5-3-2, 17 points) and CF Montreal (4-3-2, 14 points) at the Stade Saputo (4pm, FOX 35 Plus). This is the second of two scheduled meetings between the teams this season and the only meeting in Montreal.

Here’s what you need to know before the game.


The Lions are 7-7-3 against Montreal in the all-time league series and 8-7-3 in all competitions since the club joined MLS. Orlando is 4-3-1 away from home against Montreal, but one of those “road” wins came during the pandemic, while the Canadian team was hosting games at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

The teams last met on the opening day of the 2022 season, when Orlando City captured a 2-0 home win with second-half goals from Alexandre Pato and Benji Michel.

The last away meeting was a memorable one, coming on Decision Day 2021, with the Lions earning a 2-0 away win at the Stade Saputo to secure a playoff spot. Sebas Méndez and Daryl Dike contributed the goals. For Méndez, it was his first goal in MLS. The second meeting of last season at Exploria Stadium came on October 20, 2021, with the visitors edging out a 1-1 draw. Chris Mueller scored for the Lions just before halftime, but Rudy Camacho responded with a header from a corner kick shortly after the restart. The first meeting of 2021 took place on September 15 in Orlando with the Lions falling 4-2 and ending the game with just nine men after both Nani and Andrés Perea were ejected. Romell Quioto led Montreal with a goal and two assists. Mathieu Choiniere and Quioto put Montreal up 2-0 but, despite already being a man down, Robin Jansson and Ruan equalized. The visitors got two more from Lassi Lappalainen and Sunusi Ibrahim.

The teams met at Red Bull Arena in late 2020 when the then Impact were playing home games in New Jersey due to the pandemic. Orlando City got a Dike goal in the 39th minute to win 1-0 on November 1, 2020. It was the second meeting of the 2020 season, with Orlando also beating Montreal 1-0 in the knockout rounds of the MLS is Back Tournament. in July. 25 to advance to the quarterfinals. Tesho Akindele scored the game’s only goal on a Montreal defensive error. Orlando had controlled the game but was struggling to finish. In the end, the only goal was enough.

Orlando City snapped a six-game winless streak against Montreal (0-5-1) in the MLS regular season dating back to 2016 when the Lions put the Impact to the sword in a 3-0 thrashing at the Stade Saputo on June 1. 2019. Nani (penalty), Akindele and will johnson supplied the offense that day.

The main reason the Impact had such success against Orlando in previous years was their defense play and the former talisman. Ignatius Piati. The Lions fell 3-1 at Exploria Stadium on March 16, 2019, and Piatti was a big reason, scoring his ninth and 10th career goals against Orlando, plus a goal from Orji Okwonkwo. Dom Dwyer added a cosmetic goal late for Orlando City to spoil a clean sheet.

Montreal didn’t allow a goal against the Lions in 2018, sweeping Orlando’s two-game set, and the Impact shut out Orlando City in three of six meetings in that 5-0-1 run. The only tie in that time frame was a 3-3 shootout at Orlando in 2017, in which the Impact led deep into stoppage time, only to see jonathan specterA well-placed header robs the Lions of a point.

The first match of the Impact’s successful streak against Orlando occurred on October 2, 2016, when Montreal stole a 1-0 win at Orlando after taking a bunker and scoring a Dominic Oduro counterattack goal. The Lions dominated the game, outshooting the Impact, 22-4, and holding 66.8% of possession (74.2% in the second half). Oduro’s goal was Montreal’s only shot on goal and eliminated the Lions from playoff contention that year.

Orlando won the first two meetings in 2016 by a combined score of 6-2. The teams split three meetings in 2015, each 1-1-1.

match summary

The Lions enter this match following last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Charlotte FC. Ruan and Facundo Torres pushed Orlando to a 2-0 lead before a questionable penalty on Rodrigo Schlegel gave Christian Fuchs a chance to score from the penalty spot, leading to a more jittery ending to the game than it warranted. . Orlando is 2-0-2 in away games on the season.

Montreal is on a hot streak of form, entering a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) after starting the season 0-3. The artists formerly known as the Impact are 2-1-0 in home games, but the only loss came at the Stade Olympique. Montreal is 2-0-0 at the Stade Saputo in 2022. Former Leon Kamal Miller, who posted the exact same goal-and-assist performance as Orlando City’s Ruan last weekend, is the current Player? of MLS Week? Why? Well, there’s obviously a big anti-Orlando conspiracy and it’s better to troll to give that to the old Lion than the current one. Or something. Anyway…

“We are excited here, working for this game in Canada against Montreal, a rival that we already played here at home in our first game,” said head coach Oscar Pareja in his pre-match press conference. “(Montreal is) a place that brought back fond memories of that final regular season game last year when we secured (a playoff spot). We respect them very much. It’s a good team that also has good training and I see a very clear model in their way of doing things. So, we have been preparing this week with a lot of expectations and a lot of positivity.”

Montreal is a good defensive team that can hit the counterattack and create from wide areas through Djordje Mihailovic and Quioto. Mihailovic had an impressive 16 assists along with four goals in 2021 and this year he leads his team with an impressive four goals and four assists in nine games (eight starts). Orlando must choke him and/or deny him the ball. Ruan will need to stay home for a bit to ensure Mihailovic has less room to select centers, but the Lions will also need to avoid giving up corners and other set pieces as much as possible. Quioto had eight goals and six assists in 2021 and tore Orlando apart in the first meeting last year. He already has three goals this season. The Lions center backs will be very busy with him.

Speaking of Orlando City’s center backs, the Lions will be without the two starting center backs. Antonio Carlos (hamstring) is out for an extended period of time and Robin Jansson received his fifth yellow card last week and is suspended for this match. Additionally, Tesho Akindele (thigh) and Silvester van der Water (lower leg) are listed as questionable. Montreal will be without Mason Toye (adductor), Bjorn Johnsen (foot), Victor Wanyama (accumulation of yellow cards) and Ismaël Koné (accumulation of yellow cards).

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Official lineups:

City of Orlando (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Pedro Gallese.

Defenders: Joao Moutinho, Thomas Williams, Rodrigo Schlegel, Ruan.

Defensive midfielders: Cesar Araujo, Sebas Mendez.

Attacking midfielders: Facundo Torres, Mauricio Pereyra, Benji Michel.

Forward: Alexander Duck.

Bank: Mason Stajduhar, Kyle Smith, Michael Halliday, Brandon Hackenberg, Andrés Perea, Junior Urso, Jake Mulraney, Jack Lynn, Ercan Kara.

CF Montreal (3-4-3)

Goalkeeper: Sebastian Breza.

Defenders: Kamal Miller, Rudy Camacho, Joel Waterman.

Midfielders: Lassi Lappalainen, Samuel Piette, Mathieu Choinière, Alistair Johnston.

Forward: Djordje Mihailovic, Romell Quioto, Joaquin Torres.

Bank: James Pantemis, Zorhan Bassong, Zachary Brault-Guillard, Gabriele Corbo, Rida Zouhir, Matko Miljevic, Ahmed Hamdi, Jojea Kwizera, Kei Kamara,


Referee: Guido Gonzalez Jr.

AR1: Gianni Facchini.

AR2: Lyes Arfa.

4th: Pierre-Luc Lauziere.

VAR: Chris Thought.

AVAR: Claudia Badea.

how to watch

Match time: 4 pm Eastern time.

Venue of events: Stade Saputo – Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

TELEVISION: FOX 35 Plus (local only).

Radio: Real Radio 104.1 FM (English), Acción 97.9 FM and 810 AM (Spanish).

Transmission: The match can be broadcast on ESPN+ (out of market only) and on the LionNation app (local only).

Twitter: For quick reaction and live updates follow us on @TheManeLandas well as the city of orlando Official Twitter (@OrlandoCitySC).

Enjoy the match. Come on City!

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