MONTREAL – CF Montréal tied an MLS Club record by going undefeated in a sixth consecutive game with a 2-1 win over Atlanta United FC on Saturday at Stade Saputo. Kamal Miller struck early for the hosts on a set piece (4') while Marcelino Moreno equalized in the 51st minute for Atlanta. Joaquin Torres ultimately struck the game-winner off a header in the 82nd minute.
Montreal will play a second consecutive match at Stade Saputo next Saturday at 4pm (TVA Sports, 91.9 Sports, TSN 690) against Orlando City SC.
-Defender Kamal Miller collected his first goal and his third assist of the season.
-Midfielder Djordje Mihailovic earned his fourth assist of the season and 20th since joining Montreal. He becomes the sixth player to do so with the club in MLS.
-Midfielder Joaquin Torres scored a second game-winning goal this season.
-Midfielder Victor Wanyama reached the milestone of 5,000 minutes played in MLS.
-Wanyama and midfielder Ismaël Koné will both be suspended for the next game due to yellow card accumulation.
“Things worked in our favor today. The players found a way. We faced a quality team, but the players were resilient. Atlanta has a lot of quality. When facing a team like that, we tried to find solutions, especially in the second half. Despite the quality of the opponent, we tried to get into their half and create something. The goal came from there. We knew we could score goals against this team.”
“Atlanta is one of the better teams in possession. They are usually on top of the game. To beat this team, you have to defend well for 90 minutes. Their possession doesn’t matter too much. We handled it well when they had the ball and we’re in a good spot now. The whole year we’ve been playing a good brand of soccer and hurting teams. But the results weren’t there early. Things are falling into place now and we’re getting good bounces. The vibes are good in the locker room. We’re believing in ourselves and taking advantage of the hot streak. Were finally getting over the slow start. We are defending with more urgency. Everyone is communicating and buying into defending as a team.”
“Everyone was worried at the start of the season. We were playing in two competitions and having games every three days. Once we got into a rhythm, we were good. But we have to keep going. We can’t settle. We have an opportunity in the next few weeks to get on top of the table in the East. We must stay grounded, focused and show up to training with the right mindset.”