Pregame – CF Montréal v New York City FC

Montreal looking to book its spot in the Eastern Conference final

CF Montréal will host New York City FC in the Eastern Conference semi-final, this Sunday at 1pm at Stade Saputo. You can follow the game live on TVA Sports, TSN, BPM Sports or TSN 690.

Montreal beat Orlando in the conference quarterfinals last Sunday at Stade Saputo, dispatching of the Florida side 2-0 to book its ticket in the next round, thanks to goals from Ismaël Koné and Djordje Mihailovic.

Stadium doors will be open at 11:30am for this game. Arrive early, as there is currently construction on Viau Street and only one lane will be open in both directions. These will affect circulation around our P5 parking lots. We therefore recommend the P3 or P4 parking lots for this game.

Blue and white posters will also be left on every stadium seat in order to create a stadium wide TIFO when the players walk onto the pitch before the game.

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This marks the third time Montreal will take on the defending champions in MLS this season. Head coach Wilfried Nancy’s men lost their first outing at Yankee Stadium on March 12, when the team was still in the middle of its Concacaf Champions League run and played to a scoreless tie the second time around in Montreal, on July 30.

“We’re taking on a side that has very good, technical players. They like to pass the ball quickly as well,” said head coach Wilfried Nancy. “The last time we played against them, they played a little more defensive. It’ll be a different game for sure, but nothing we’ve never seen before. For the moment, we know what to expect and what we want to try to put into place. We’ll see after that.”

New York City FC reached the conference semi-final following a convincing 3-0 win against Inter Miami CF last Monday. The New York side has been in good form as of late, winning its last five games through all competitions.

That being said, Montreal is also one of the hottest teams in the league, boasting just one loss in their last 16 games. Like New York, they also won their last five games.

“New York is coming off a good game against Miami and they’re going to make the game very difficult for us mentally,” said midfielder Djordje Mihailovic. “It’s going to be a different game than Orlando. They’re going to try to play on the ball and frustrate us as much as they can. We have to be ready for that.”

A Montreal win would set up a clash between Montreal and the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, October 30, at Subaru Park, in the Eastern Conference final, for a spot in the MLS Cup final, to be played on November 5.