HOUSTON, Texas – For the first time in franchise history, CF Montréal recorded a third straight win on the road and its first-ever win in Houston, defeating the Houston Dynamo FC 3-2 on Saturday night at PNC Stadium.
After an eventful first half and a 2-2 score, Lassi Lappalainen (69') bagged his second goal of the season in the second half to seal the three points for Montreal. Sebastian Ferreira (12'), Romell Quioto (15' PK), Alistair Johnston (28') and Daniel Steres (36') had scored the first four goals.
Undefeated in its last six games, Montreal now climbs to second place in the Eastern Conference with 43 points.
Montreal will be back home to face the New England Revolution next Saturday at 7:30pm at Stade Saputo. The Club will take the opportunity to honour its former captain Patrice Bernier who was inducted into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame on June 9th.
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-Romell Quioto scored his 12th goal of the season and 28th with Montreal.
-Midfielder Samuel Piette earned his 120th career start with the Club. It was also his 150th game (all competitions).
-Alistair Johnston's equalizer was the ninth goal scored by a Montreal defender this season.
“I’m proud of this team’s mental strength. We know the way we want to play. The guys like to battle and they’re courageous offensively and defensively. We conceded twice tonight but the team gave everything. So I’m pleased with what I’m seeing.”
“Houston has some very talented players in attack. In preparing for this game, we understood this was going to be a tough game. It was one of those games where it felt like there was always a goal-scoring chance for both teams. But at the same time, we always felt confident that no matter what happened, we were going to come out on top if we stuck to our principles. We have full belief in how we’re playing. Once everyone is on the same page and working in harmony, you can see how it translates to the field.”
“We showed a fighting spirit tonight. And that is the most important thing coming into environments like this on the road. You’re in for a battle every time. And if you’re the team that comes in with that mentality, then you’re going to leave the game with three points. And that’s what we did. The mental aspect is very important in our line of work. My injury knocked me down. And it took a while for me to get my form back. This past week I finally reached a high point. I had a good week of training. I felt good mentally in this match. I felt confident in my abilities to do what I was doing before my injury.”