MONTRÉAL — On the eve of the September FIFA international break, CF Montréal fell 4-2 to the Columbus Crew, on Saturday at Stade Saputo.
Defender Gabriele Corbo scored an own-goal in the 14th minute, then Cucho Hernandez added two goals for Columbus in the 22nd and 43rd minute.
In the second half, Mahala Opoku opened the scoring for Montréal in the 52nd minute. Hernandez converted a penalty in the 65th minute to complete his hat-trick and Jules-Anthony Vilsaint scored his first career MLS goal in the 68th minute.
CF Montréal will play its next game on Saturday, September 16 when it will host Chicago Fire FC at 7:30pm EDT (MLS Season Pass, RDS, TSN, BPM Sports, TSN 690).
-Captain Samuel Piette played his 152nd game in MLS, establishing a new team record for most games played by a field player.
-Zachary Brault-Guillard played his 100th MLS regular season game for the Club.
-Ousman Jabang made his first MLS start.
-Fernando Alvarez played his first MLS minutes.
-Mahala Opoku scored the 700th home goal in Club history (373 in second division, 327 in MLS).
-Jules-Anthony Vilsaint also registered his first career assist in MLS.
“I don’t think we came out with more energy in the second half, there was high energy for the whole game. But it’s harder to bring that energy when you are sitting three goals behind than from the start of the game when it’s 0-0. That’s why I’m very, very, proud about how the team came out in the second half. And what we said is guys play for a lot of fans that support us in good and bad. You know what our reputation is at home. It’s our pride, we have to play for our families and friends who came to see us.”
“It helps raise my spirits, honestly. Unfortunately, we lost tonight. Here’s to hoping that after the international break we will work harder and get a win.”
“When you trail by 3-0 at halftime, it hurts. However, we went to the locker room and we told ourselves that we had nothing to lose and we came back strong. We got that first goal and I think we had a very, very good second half. I think that the score is very harsh."