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Sports CF Montréal laments what could have been in loss to powerful Revolution

07:36  26 july  2021
07:36  26 july  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Glass half-full or half-empty? On this night, it would have been easy for CF Montréal to consider both parts of the equation.

Brad Knighton with a football ball on a field: New England Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton (18) makes save on a shot from a CF Montréal player during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. © Provided by The Gazette New England Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton (18) makes save on a shot from a CF Montréal player during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass.

Facing its most challenging test of the Major League Soccer season, the visitors showed they could play with the New England Revolution, one of the elite Major League Soccer sides.

Playing on the road against the Eastern Conference leaders — a team that has been nearly invincible on the turf at Gillette Stadium — CFM dropped a 2-1 decision before 18,217 spectators in Foxborough, Mass.

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CF Montréal enjoyed a wide edge in possession (58.8 per cent) and peppered goalkeeper Brad Knighton — replacing regular Matt Turner, representing the U.S. at the Gold Cup — with 20 shots, including four on target. But the Canadian side had no answer for Argentine striker Gustavo Bou, whose brace paced the winners.

Bou now has a team-leading nine goals. He directed three shots on goalkeeper James Pantemis, scoring on both that found the target.

Nonetheless, holding the Revolution to two goals — another two in the first half were negated on offside calls — is nothing to be embarrassed about. New England leads the MLS with 30 goals and was coming off a 5-0 evisceration of Inter Miami.

“Overall as a team I feel like this was one of our better games in the season,” said midfielder Djordje Mihailovic , who provided his side with some life with his third goal this season in the 79th minute. “The way we were able to build from the back and create the chances that we had. These are, in my opinion, clear goal-scoring chances.”

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  Lack of communication haunts CF Montréal in loss to New York City FC In many ways it seemed inevitable. Even through this unbeaten streak, CF Montréal had seemingly been teetering on the precipice . Playing from behind and with too many individual errors — combined with the absence of key defenders such as Kamal Miller and veteran Kiki Struna — finally caught up to CFM, which dropped a 1-0 verdict Wednesday night to New York City FC before 2,873 spectators at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. CF Montréal had won Playing from behind and with too many individual errors — combined with the absence of key defenders such as Kamal Miller and veteran Kiki Struna — finally caught up to CFM, which dropped a 1-0 verdict Wednesday night to New

It was a particularly bittersweet game, and performance, for Florida native Mihailovic. He was CFM’s most dangerous threat on this night, creating scoring opportunities from the opening moments of the match. But when he should have shot, Mihailovic passed. And when there were passing opportunities to open teammates, he again guessed wrong, shooting instead.

Of course, it’s easy to second-guess when players have fractions of a second to decide.

“Myself, I have to execute much better in these situations,” Mihailovic admitted. “Personally, I’m upset about myself, but from a team point of view, I don’t have anything to be upset about. I think the guys played their hearts out. We played with a lot of quality, especially coming here; it’s a tough place to play the style that we want. Under those circumstances I thought we did phenomenal building and creating the chances that we had.

CF Montréal manager Wilfried Nancy not concerned by sporadic offensive production

  CF Montréal manager Wilfried Nancy not concerned by sporadic offensive production One week after exploding for a season-high five goals against FC Cincinnati, would it be premature to suggest CF Montréal’s offensive shortcomings have again come to the surface? When CFM was blanked, 1-0, by New York City FC last Wednesday night, it marked the fifth time in 14 games this season the Canadian side has been shut out. At least some of that damage has been minimized, considering two of those matches ended in 0-0 draws. “This is what When CFM was blanked, 1-0, by New York City FC last Wednesday night, it marked the fifth time in 14 games this season the Canadian side has been shut out.

“I’m not going to sit here and say we deserved the (win),” he added. “They had a couple of goals taken away. It’s obviously disappointing to have these types of opportunities … and to not finish it off. From a personal view I have to be much better in those situations. Maybe we could have made it a bit more of a game by finishing the chances we had.”

Mihailovic’s goal, predictably, produced some momentum for CF Montréal, which continued to press for the equalizer. In added time, second-half substitute Sunusi Ibrahim delivered a powerful strike from distance — a curling attempt that went inches wide from the left post.

The talented Joaquin Torres had one final attempt on a free kick from just outside the box, but should have produced a stronger effort considering the circumstance.

While CFM remains seventh — just above the playoff line — in the conference, with a 6-5-4 record, it now also has lost a second consecutive match for the second time this season after going six games without a loss. And it shouldn’t be overlooked that, had Mihailovic not scored, it would have been the sixth time in 15 games the team had been shut out .

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  CF Montréal losing streak reaches three games after Inter Miami comeback What’s there to say after a lamentable performance such as the one CF Montréal produced Saturday night? Not much when the last-place team garnered all three points in a comeback victory. CFM manager Wilfried Nancy worried about what he termed a trap game. And he has repeatedly stated this season there are no weak teams in Major League Soccer; every side has some quality. But this 2-1 loss to Inter Miami CF at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., can’t be deemed anything but unacceptable. And if CFM misses the playoffs this season, it might look back ruefully upon this evening and a squandered opportunity.

It remains a work in progress for manager Wilfried Nancy.

“For me, they have to keep working and doing what they do,” he said. “The game’s going fast. I know that they know that. We’re going to work on that. Sometimes they have more time than they think in the final third to make the good decision.”

And when contemplating whether that glass is half-full or empty, consider this: New England’s Tommy McNamara fouled Zorhan Bassong on the second goal, but the transgression was overlooked.

“Yes, this is a clear foul,” Nancy said. “But (video replay) hasn’t changed anything.”

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