Montreal aims to remain perfect at Stade Saputo
CF Montréal will host Real Salt Lake at Stade Saputo, this Sunday at 4pm. The Club will also be returning the #12 to its fans, with a ceremony planned at halftime with some of the Club’s former players that wore the number 12.
You can find out more about all the initiatives planned at the stadium for the retirement of the #12 jersey here.
Head coach Wilfried Nancy’s men, on their end, will try to remain perfect at Stade Saputo this year. They have three wins and no losses in three games played, including a 4-1 thumping of Orlando in their last outing at home.
Montreal is coming off a loss in their last outing, last Wednesday against Nashville SC, their first loss in 10 games through all competitions. Their recent form has allowed the Club to jump near the top of the Eastern Conference standings. They’re currently in third, just one point away from the Philadelphia Union in first.
Real Salt Lake, on its end, is experiencing a solid start to the season. The Utah representatives are ranked fifth in the West with 19 points. They most notably won their last game against the league leaders, Austin FC, shutting down the one of the highest-scoring teams this year with a 2-0 win.
“They’re a team that works well together and they’re not afraid of defending as a unit,” said head coach Wilfried Nancy. “They can press high at certain moments and their style of play is fairly direct. They combine well, but they’re not a possession team. They’re aggressive and they know their game plan really well. It won’t be easy.”
On Montreal’s end, Kei Kamara equalled the fourth best goalscorer in MLS history with his goal against Nashville, his 133rd career MLS goal. He’s now just one goal away from equalling the third best.
“For us, the plan is the same since the beginning,” said midfielder Samuel Piette. “We will keep playing the same way. We have that confidence at home which is very important as well. We know Salt Lake had to travel and the altitude will be different for them. It’s nice an easy away game. It’s on us now to bounce back and play the same soccer we’ve been playing since the beginning of the year.”
It will be a busy week for Montreal, who gets set to play three games in seven days before the international break, and all of them at Stade Saputo. Following the match against Real Salt Lake, Montreal will begin its title defense in the Canadian Championship, taking on Forge FC in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 25, at 7pm. Tickets still available for 12$.
The squad will then get set to host FC Cincinnati on Saturday, May 28, at 7pm. Tickets for that game are still available here.