FC Cincinnati 3 - CF Montréal 0

CINCINNATI, Ohio – CF Montréal lost 3-0 against FC Cincinnati, Wednesday at TQL Stadium, ending a six-game winning streak (all competitions).

Cincinnati scored in the 2nd minute when the Montreal defense tried to block a long free kick but the ball beat goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois for an own goal. Then in the 26th minute, Luciano Acosta took advantage of a turnover in Montreal territory to double Cincinnati’s lead. Brandon Vazquez scored the third goal in the 65th minute of play.

First in the Eastern Conference standings, Cincinnati remains perfect at home this season (7-0-0).

Playing eight games in the month of May, CF Montréal will play its next game against the New York Red Bulls in Harrison this Saturday at 7:30pm (Apple MLS Season Pass, RDS, TSN, BPM Sports, TSN 690).

-The sequence without conceding a goal ended after 406 minutes, 14 minutes shy of the Club record in MLS.
-It was a first loss for CF Montréal since April 15.

“We start by giving them a goal from a set piece after one minute. When you give up a goal like that at the start of the game, it's a completely different game. Everything becomes more difficult. It's true that we lost a lot of balls near our box and took a lot of unnecessary risks against a team with so much attacking quality. It's a shame because we were well prepared. We came here with the right mentality. Even at halftime, the game was not over. We made three changes to be able to get back in the game because at 2-0 everything is still possible. But after the third, the game was over and we started to think a lot more about Saturday's game.”

“I think we gave them the game. I don’t think they created a lot on their own. We made a lot of sloppy mistakes, but we have to keep our head up. We’ve been playing really well, and we have to continue to go forward. We have an opportunity on Saturday to turn it around and that’s what we’re looking forward to. I think tonight we were all sloppy. They were clinical and put away the opportunities they had. We have to keep working and keep our feet on the ground. This league can be crazy sometimes, but we have another match on Saturday.”

“We didn’t bring our A-game today. It’s really a shame because this was a good opportunity to prove to ourselves that we are the team we’ve been saying we are. Coming into a place like this, against an undefeated team, especially on the streak we were on, it was a great opportunity to get a result. We were very confident we could do so. I think we played into exactly what they wanted us to do, and if you do that against a team like this, you’re not going to give yourself the best chance to win the game. We were forcing balls into the middle when the majority of the space was out wide and behind. Conceding that early is always a bit of a shock but it’s always about the reaction after, and our reaction wasn’t great.”