Montreal can clinch playoff spot at home this Friday

CF Montréal will be back home to take on the Columbus Crew SC, this Friday at 7:30pm at Stade Saputo (TVA Sports, TSN, BPM Sports, TSN 690). Tickets for that game are available here. $1 per ticket will be donated to Fondation Benjamin Lepage in honour of Kick Childhood Cancer month in MLS.

If Montreal wins, they will clinch a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time since 2020.

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“I’ve been in many different locker rooms and managers, but the collectiveness within this group is massive. It shows especially with what we’ve done on the road,” said striker Kei Kamara. “It’s what allows us to get ourselves together whenever we’re down. We bring each other up and it allows us to keep pushing.”

Montreal is coming off a 4-3 win on the road against Toronto FC, last Sunday at BMO Field. After conceding two early goals, head coach Wilfried Nancy’s men scored four unanswered goals, winning a fifth consecutive game on the road.

With two away games remaining, Montreal has an opportunity to set a league record for most consecutive wins on the road. Since the 2000 MLS season, when games could officially end in a tie, the record is held by the 2005 edition of the San Jose Earthquakes, who won six consecutive games away from home.

Opportunity to clinch

Montreal won’t have it easy on Friday against the Columbus Crew, who is currently ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference with 40 points, just two points above the playoff line. Head coach Caleb Porter’s men will be eager to defend that position as the season comes to a close.

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This will be the second meeting between the two sides in 2022. Montreal took the first match in Columbus in dramatic fashion, scoring twice near the end of the game, including the game-winner in stoppage time scored by Joel Waterman.

Columbus is, however, unbeaten since that loss back on August 3.

“Columbus is a good team,” said head coach Wilfried Nancy. “We are very aware of the fact that they have some very good players that can make the different at any moment. They’re a team that knows how to play fluidly. It will be a difficult match, of course. They’ll be fighting to confirm their spot in the playoffs.”

Montreal will be back in action at Stade Saputo next Tuesday, September 13, at 7:30pm, to take on the Chicago Fire. Tickets for that game available here. University students can take advantage of our Campus CF Montréal promotion and get two tickets and two beers for $50!