It was Independence Day in the United States and there were fireworks at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, where the Los Angeles Galaxy gave a 4-to-4 correction. 0 at CF Montreal, yesterday.
The Montrealers had a match worthy of a young team that is capable of the best and the worst.
They were shooting down 2-0 when they came back on the field to start the second half and they started that one well, but a nice push from Julian Araujo, who mocked Jojea Kwizera on the left flank, allowed him to cross for Rayan Raveloson, who scored his team's third goal on the hour mark. Raveloson completed his double in the 79th minute.
After surprising with a 2-1 victory in Seattle last week, the Bleu-blanc-noir came back to earth in this meeting where nothing worked.
The team returns from its trip in the West with three points out of a possible six, which is still positive. They are third in the Eastern Conference with 29 points, one less than the Philadelphia Union and three behind the New York Red Bulls, who have played one more game.
CF Montreal will have to get back on track quickly since after a six-hour flight home, it will already have to prepare for its next duel against Kansas City on Saturday at Stade Saputo.
Los Angeles was going through a tough time heading into this game with just one win in six games (1-3-2).
The Galaxy, however, quickly set the tone and opened the scoring in the 8th minute when Chicharito beat Sebastian Breza with a shot between the legs.
Moreover, the Montreal defense had a lot of trouble containing the Mexican.
Despite everything, the visitors' response was good and they created some interesting chances.
Before to retreat to the locker room on a 1-0 loss, Joel Waterman was found guilty of a handball on the box line, a sequence that official Tim Ford went to review to award a penalty shot.
Dejan Joveljic beat Breza with a shot to his left as the Quebecer dived to the right even though Romell Quioto seemed to indicate several times to go to his left. The goalkeeper did not stop a shot on target from the locals.
Wilfried Nancy proposed a rather unusual formation by placing Lassi Lappalainen as a piston right while he usually plays on the left. It was still well animated. In his place, Nancy started Kwizera, who we had never seen in this position and who did not have it easy.
As Djordje Mihailovic is still on the sidelines, it is the young Ismaël Koné who had the task of developing the game in midfield. Not easy for the 20-year-old Montrealer, who was running around everywhere.
As for Joaquin Torres, he once again proved that he had to do less, which would allow him to work better.
Several players had a difficult evening against a nasty Galaxy, including defensive midfielders Samuel Piette and Victor Wanyama, as well as Waterman, which is rather rare for him lately.