FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – CF Montréal earned the 11th road win of its MLS season and seventh consecutive away from home, both MLS records, by besting Inter Miami CF 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at DRV PNK Stadium.
The Montrealers struck early on through Djordje Mihailovic (5') and Lassi Lappalainen (8'). An individual effort from forward Kei Kamara then further increased the visitors' advantage (36'). An own goal reduced the gap for Miami in the final minutes (85').
Montreal thus concludes its 2022 campaign in second place in the Eastern Conference with 65 points, two MLS Club franchise records.
CF Montréal will now turn its attention to the playoffs as the team faces seventh-place Orlando City SC in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. (TVA Sports, TSN, BPM Sports, TSN 690). The date and time of the match will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for CF Montréal’s first round playoff match go on sale this Monday, October 10, at noon.
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-It was a 20th win this season for CF Montréal, the highest in the Eastern Conference.
-Kamara scored his ninth goal of the season. It was his 139th MLS goal and his first against Miami. He has now scored against 26 MLS teams.
-CF Montréal scored three goals in a half for the eighth time this season.
-It was the 400th regular season win in the Club's history since 1993.
“The players built upon something that was started last year. They will now have closed that chapter by learning and adjusting every day. By competing every day and having fun every day. That's why I enjoyed watching my team play today. The numbers this season speak for themselves. What matters to me is the content. And the content is what we have been doing all year.”
“In my first media availability in Montreal, I remember saying I wanted to win MLS Cup with this club. That wasn’t a false statement. I meant it and I believe we can go all the way to MLS Cup. We have the quality. We showed the quality. We have the most wins in the East. So we’ve shown that we’re a top team in the league – not just the conference. Reaching the MLS Cup final should be everyone’s goal and it is an attainable one.”
“We must remain level-headed about our playoff ambitions. We've proven to the whole league, but especially to ourselves, that we're capable of going all the way. But we have to remain calm, not look too far into the future and take it one game at a time. We know very well that anything can happen in a playoff game. We'll focus on Orlando first.”