MONTREAL – CF Montréal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Canadian Championship following a 2-0 preliminary round win over Vaughan SC on Tuesday night at Stade Saputo.
The team's undefeated record is now 12 wins and four draws in 16 Canadian Championship games at Stade Saputo (30 goals scored, 8 goals conceded) since the team joined MLS in 2012.
Homegrown midfielder Sean Rea opened the scoring for Montreal in the 31st minute with his first career goal. Forward Sunusi Ibrahim then doubled the team’s lead five minutes later following an assist from newcomer Ariel Lassiter, who was making his first career start with the Club.
In the quarterfinals, the Bleu-blanc-noir will face Toronto FC on May 9, 10 or 11 at BMO Field.
Montreal will resume its MLS campaign this Saturday when the Club hosts the New York Red Bulls at 7:30pm at Stade Saputo (Apple MLS Season Pass, BPM Sports, TSN 690).
-Logan Ketterer and George Campbell also earned their first career starts with CF Montréal (across all competitions).
-It was the fourth career Canadian Championship goal for Sunusi Ibrahim.
-Rida Zouhir and Gabriele Corbo collected their first assists with the Club.
-CF Montréal outshot the opponents 25-4, including 11 shots on target.
“We needed to score more goals tonight, but it was good to be able to give minutes to players who were coming back from injuries and were looking for rhythm. It was especially good for our confidence. We created several chances. It's a good starting point for the future. Collectively it was a solid game. It was also important to preserve the clean sheet. We know that there can be surprises in a cup game. Amateur clubs are always very motivated.”
“I am really happy. It's been a dream since I was young to score in front of our fans. Tonight's result will help our confidence. It's nice to have this game to help us get ready for Saturday. I see the potential to combine with Bryce Duke and contribute together. We like to create chances and over time we can develop something good.”