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CF Montréal wins 2-2 draw against Orlando City SC

Club de Foot Montreal

April 20, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
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MONTREAL – In a second straight sold-out home game of the season, CF Montréal drew 2-2 against Orlando City SC on Saturday evening at Stade Saputo.

Making his first start of the season, striker Mason Toye brought the stadium crowd to their feet with the first goal of the match in the 16th minute.

After Facundo Torres equalized for Orlando six minutes later from the penalty spot, the deadlock continued until the final minutes, when Ariel Lassiter scored his second goal in as many games (88′), followed by an Ivan Angulo equalizer for the visitors in injury time. (90’+2).

CF Montréal plays its next two games on the road, first in Columbus on April 27, then in Nashville on May 4, before facing Miami on May 11 at Stade Saputo.

MATCH NOTES:

-Mason Toye scored his first goal of the season and 13th of his career with CF Montréal, while Samuel Piette got his 11th MLS assist with the Club.

-Ariel Lassiter scored his second goal of the season and third of his CF Montréal career.

Post-match comments from head coach Laurent Courtois, Mason Toye and Samuel Piette are available here.

LAURENT COURTOIS

“As long as the boys go out with the intention of creating chances, taking risks and dominating as much as possible, I can’t blame them. In the first half we were too timid. I wanted more enthusiasm. In the second half We were too timid.” That’s what we wanted to see, especially after the Cincinnati game. Mason Toye has great qualities. I’m happy for him low block is the hardest. The preventive coverage we want to introduce must be impeccable. We are still in a good position. It’s risky, and they know it. We were in too much of a hurry to score a second goal and I didn’t want to endanger the team defensively.”

SAMUEL PIETTE

“We had less possession than we would have liked compared to the game against Cincinnati. Orlando offered a different tactical formation with Araujo in a different position. But in the second half we were more aggressive both on and off the ball. It wasn’t as good a first half as Cincinnati, but when you look at it as a whole, Orlando wasn’t as threatening, a shame, but the message we got at half-time was that we were in a position to score another goal. There were positive points, but also things we could have done better.”

MASON TOYE

“I worked hard to get back into the team. It was a difficult start to the season. It’s a shame that injuries led to this opportunity. I had to come in and be dangerous. It’s a satisfying feeling. I just had to be patient I am grateful for the opportunity. We have a lot of attackers, which makes the competition great, but we have different profiles. But we can easily connect different players and continue to perform. Laurent puts a lot of emphasis on training. He tries to make sure we carry out every part of the training and take seriously everyone’s level in the team.”

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