Sports CF Montréal losing streak reaches three games after Inter Miami comeback
Canadiens will open 2021-22 season on Oct. 13 against Leafs in Toronto
The NHL released its 2021-22 schedule on Thursday evening and the Canadiens will open with a two-game road trip to Toronto and Buffalo. The Canadiens will start the season on Wednesday, Oct. 13 against the Maple Leafs and then play the Sabres the next night. The Canadiens’ home opener at the Bell Centre will be on Saturday, Oct. 16, against the New York Rangers. That will be the start of a four-game home stand and then a four-game West Coast road trip including its first game against the expansion Seattle Kraken on Oct. 26. The Kraken will play their first ever game at the Bell Centre on March 12. The schedule includes two five-game road trips — Jan. 17-24 and Feb.
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 thisto 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.
Depleted CF Montréal can't hold lead in road loss to D.C. United
Another game, another squandered lead for CF Montréal. The struggling Major League Soccer club couldn’t protect an early one-goal advantage and eventually succumbed 2-1 to D.C. United on Sunday night before 14,169 spectators at Audi Field as it launched the second half of its regular season. The undermanned visitors have now gone five games without a win — including four defeats — and has fallen below the .500 mark, with a record of 6-7-5. CFM was coming off a 2-2 home draw last Wednesday against Atlanta United when it failed to protect a two-goal lead. Of the team’s seven losses, six have been by a goal.
“Be careful with the words ‘worst team in the league’,” Nancy said on a video conference. “Yes, I understand that in terms of ranking. There’s no easy game in this league. The easy game doesn’t exist. We have to respect the game.”
But with a record of 3-8-3, if Inter Miami isn’t the worst team, it most certainly is last in the Eastern Conference. It had gone more than two months between victories, hadn’t won at home and had produced a league-low 10 goals, while being shut out five times in its last seven matches.
All it took was 90-plus minutes against CF Montréal for Inter Miami to end its seven-match winless streak.
“I’m frustrated with the loss,” said Canadian defender Zorhan Bassong. “For me, it’s a game we can’t lose. It’s a shame.”
Much of the goodwill CFM had produced during itshas now evaporated with the club in the midst of a season-high three-game losing skid. And, while the Canadian side remains seventh, just above the playoff line, with a 6-6-4 record, it sits a mere point ahead of DC United.
Revolution rout Inter Miami 5-0 to top MLS standings
MIAMI — Arnór Ingvi Traustason and Adam Buksa each scored two goals and the New England Revolution beat Inter Miami 5-0 on Wednesday night to take the MLS lead. Traustason put away a free kick by Carles Gil, blistering a header into the side-net to open the scoring in the 15th minute, and chipped home a sharp ball as he fell backward to the ground to make it 3-0 in the 26th. Buksa scored on a volley in first-half stoppage time, and made it 5-0 in the 83rd minute. Teal Bunbury also scored to help the Revolution (9-3-3) move a points ahead of Seattle for the MLS lead. Miami had lost a team-record six straight games. TIMBERS 2, LOS ANGELES PORTLAND, Ore.
CFM would have moved into fifth place in the conference with a win, and it appeared headed for an easy victory after Joaquin Torres opened the scoring in the 20th minute. But then the visitors became too lackadaisical and nonchalant; almost too cute.
The match turned early in the second half, following a controversial penalty. Federico Higuain locked arms with defender Rudy Camacho in the box, fell to the pitch and was clipped on the ankle by Bassong. Gonzalo Higuain, his brother, converted from the spot.
“Maybe I touched him a little bit,” Bassong said. “He shouldn’t have dove like that. I didn’t touch him for him to drop like he did. I don’t know. This is how it is. The referee called a penalty. I don’t think it’s a penalty for me.”
CF Montréal might have escaped with the draw, and a valuable point in the standings, except for brutal defensive lapses. A Camacho turnover to Gonzalo Higuain resulted in the winning goal in the 69th — a shot that deflected off the palms of goalkeeper James Pantemis, over his head and into the net.
'Craziest game I've been a part of', Toye says of CFM win for the ages
Where does one begin on a night like this when trying to put a soccer match into perspective that had a little bit of everything? There was the ridiculous amount of goals, including five by CF Montréal, porous defensive play by the home side and two-goal deficits it was able to overcome. Twice. On top of everything else, this electrifying and heart-stopping 5-4 victory against FC Cincinnati was produced at Saputo Stadium — the first time CFM has played on its actual home pitch since last Sept. 9 because of COVID-19 and the subsequent border restrictions that were presented. The team had played 28 consecutive matches away from the city, both Harrison, N.J.
“I wanted us to play better with the lead,” Nancy said. “Sometimes, we don’t need to make these risky plays for nothing near our net when we can make a pass and eliminate many players. We could get out of danger and we don’t. It annoys me terribly.”
There continue to be some disturbing trends with this team, which. In last Sunday’s loss at New England, it was who could have scored more than once. On Saturday, Mason Toye was the major culprit. While the American striker leads the team in scoring, with six goals, he nonetheless must do better.
CFM has scored only twice in its last three games and, while it directed 11 shots at goalkeeper Nick Marsman on Saturday, only two hit the target.
“We created some chances and we could have scored to get a better lead earlier,” Nancy admitted. “I know Mason wants to do well, but sometimes he’s thinking too much. He has to face this moment. He has to return to what he was doing.”
It’s hard to get a sense of CFM’s strengths and competence level as it nears the halfway point of its schedule. Of the team’s six victories, only one has come against a winning side — New York City FC. That’s disturbing.
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.
CFM appears to perform to the level of its competition, playing to draws against Nashville SC and Columbus, the defending MLS champs, yet losing to Vancouver and FC Cincinnati.
Renfroe's slam leads 6 HRs as Red Sox rout Blue Jays 13-4 .
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam, Kiké Hernández drove in three runs with two homers and the Boston Red Sox snapped a two-game losing streak with a 13-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night. Rookie Jarren Duran hit his first major league homer, Dylan Santana and Rafael Devers also went yard, and J.D. Martinez broke out of a slump with four hits as the Red Sox improved their AL-leading road record to 29-19. Red SoxRookie Jarren Duran hit his first major league homer, Dylan Santana and Rafael Devers also went yard, and J.D. Martinez broke out of a slump with four hits as the Red Sox improved their AL-leading road record to 29-19.