CF Montreal took advantage of their last home game to offer a 1-0 win over DC United to the 19,619 fans attending Saputo Stadium, another full house.
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James Pantemis had to make some big saves to get his shutout and Gabriele Corbo made a save on the goal line.
The only goal was scored in the 41st minute. Zachary Brault-Guillard’s low cross is deflected into goal by Donovan Pines in the middle of a slide. An own goal was granted.
Pines provoked a late-game penalty by shoving Ismaël Koné, but David Ochoa blocked Joaquin Torres’ shot.
Even playing with one less man since Pines was sent off for fouling Koné, DC scared the hosts by scoring with less than five minutes to go.
Fortunately for the Montrealers, there was an offside.
As we’ve said several times before, CF Montreal are confident of second place in the Eastern Conference, but this win combined with a searing 4-0 defeat for Philadelphia Union to Charlotte keeps things interesting for the final weekend.
In fact, the Montrealers now have 62 points, two less than the Union.
Another element of interest, Toronto FC will be Union’s last opponent at home next Sunday, while Bleu-blanc-noir will travel to Miami.
Wilfried Nancy’s men will therefore play something in the last game of the season, but it will be for first place rather than a place in the playoffs. It is refreshing.
Also note that the team has an enviable record of 10-1-3 in their last fourteen games.
The club announced ahead of the match that Romell Quioto was out of uniform due to a thigh injury. This brings us to an observation, he often returns hurt from his stays with the selection of Honduras.
Hopefully this injury is not serious as he is the team’s top scorer this season with 15 goals in 30 games. His presence will be essential in the playoffs.
Another card, Joel Waterman was injured late in the game following heavy contact with Christian Benteke. He finished the match, but collapsed to the ground at the final whistle and received treatment.