Last game before the international break
CF Montréal returns to MLS action to take on FC Cincinnati for a second time this season, this Saturday at 7:30pm at Stade Saputo. Tickets for the game are still available here.
This will be the Club’s last match before the usual June international break, with many of our players joining their selective countries for friendlies and camps.
“Cincinnati is a team that recently changed their coach, and they have an identity now. Before, they were still finding themselves a little. Now, they’re a team that reminds me a little of Philadelphia. Of course, their head coach used to be an assistant with them. They’re a rigorous team, and they’re really good at transitioning offensively. They score a lot of goals that way. It’s on us to be good on the ball and play with even more intensity.”
Montreal will want to get back to its winning ways in MLS after suffering two consecutive losses, following an impressive nine-game unbeaten run. They are, however, coming off a dominant win in the Canadian Championship, comfortably dispatching of Forge FC 3-0 in the quarterfinal match played at Stade Saputo thanks to a hat-trick from striker Sunusi Ibrahim, the first in the Club’s history in the national tournament.
Montreal will now take on Toronto FC in the semifinals, at BMO Field.
Wilfried Nancy’s men face a tough opponent in FC Cincinnati. The side from Ohio has won four of its last six games and currently sits just one point behind us in the standings. This will mark the second time these two teams meet this season, with the Bleu-blanc-noir nabbing all three points last time around at TQL Stadium with a high-scoring 4-3 win.
A special eye will need to be kept on the offensive duo Luciano Acosta and Brandon Vazquez, who are solely responsible for 12 of the 16 goals FC Cincinnati has scored this year.
“Morale is good. The loss against Salt Lake did hurt a bit. Now, we know thus is the last game before the international break. We want to finish on a positive note against Cincinnati, who’s been in form as of late. We’re at home and we want the three points. It’s always better to go into the break with a win. We know what we need to do and we’re confident.”
Following the international break, CF Montréal will continue its home stand with their first ever game against Austin FC on Saturday, June 18, at 7:30pm. Tickets for that game are available here.