A most disappointing draw at Stade Saputo

A most disappointing draw at Saputo Stadium


CF Montreal ended a week as unpredictable as it was emotional with a lackluster performance on Saturday at Stade Saputo. Despite dominating in good and due form, they had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Inter Miami. 

In the most grueling week of its schedule, CF Montreal finally gave in to fatigue. Armed with a one-goal lead for the overwhelming majority of the match, he eased his foot and lacked opportunism at the end of the duel.

Colombian Emerson Rodriguez took advantage of a moment of the Montreal defensive brigade in the penalty area, in the 79th minute, to level the score and leave a bitter taste in the mouths of the crowd favorites.

It was all the more frustrating for the Montreal eleven, since the only dynamo of the Miami attack in uniform on Saturday, Gonzalo Higuain, had given way to the 69th.

For nearly 40 minutes of play, CF Montreal dictated the pace of the match and multiplied the unfinished actions, to the great displeasure of head coach Wilfried Nancy.

This places the Bleu-Blanc-Noir, third in the 'Major League Soccer Eastern Association, three points behind New York Red Bulls and fourth; an interesting position at the dawn of the home stretch of the season.

A roller coaster start

Although the Montreal club failed to sell out for the third time in a row, the 18,007 fans who were in the game got their money's worth, especially in the first quarter of the duel.

The excitement gave way to euphoria from the fifth minute of play. Samuel Piette served one of his best stints of the season to Romell Quioto in the penalty area, and the Honduran international went there with a nice maneuver aerial left foot to open the scoring.

Heavy legs after these early festivities, the Montreal eleven did not have time to blink before seeing the formidable Higuain reduce the supporters to silence. While the house announcer announced the details of the first success of the meeting, Inter Miami celebrated and Nancy was in all her states in front of the bench of the hosts, dissatisfied with the inconstancy of hers.

Quioto didn't really have a say in his team's historic comeback against the Columbus Crew in midweek. This seems to have stung him, so much so that he completed his double in the 21st minute of play, thanks to a “penalty” awarded by video assistance to the referee.

Furthermore, CF Montreal will not be able to count on one of its most consistent players since the start of the season in the next duel, next Saturday against the Houston Dynamo. Due to an accumulation of yellow cards, defender Joel Waterman will miss a game.