There’s no worse wedge than a single suit. and occurred in Inter Miami’s 1–0 loss against CF Montreal at Montreal’s Stade Saputo on Saturday night.
The local squad took the lead after 53 minutes with a goal by Chinonso Ofor after a pass from Ariel Lassiter, who until 12 April belonged to Inter Miami.
With this result, the South Florida team suffered its third consecutive MLS championship loss.
For the supplementary phase, Montreal’s strategist, Argentinian Hernán Losada tried to inflict a psychological blow to the game and replaced Costa Rican Lassiter for starter Lassi Laplainen.
Lassiter played with Inter until last month and surely Losada believes that there was no better medicine to win this match than fielding someone who knows the opponent.
In fact, in one of his first actions, Tico ran down the left marked by DeAndre Yedlin. Instead of winning the end line he crossed the ball low and Ofor launched himself into a tangle of feet from close range to push the ball into the back of the net and put his team ahead.
The goal came as a relief for Montreal, as Inter were the most attacking team at the time.
Phil Neville, Inter’s coach, responded quickly and signed Ian Fry for Leonardo Campana and Josep Martinez for Nicolas Stefanelli, willing to risk everything for everything. Shortly thereafter he hired Schneider Borglein to replace Robert Taylor.
Around 87′, Stefanelli lofted the ball into the Montreal goal post.
The match started with the more adventurous Montreal. The Canadian team pressed with Ibrahim Sunusi and Ofor creating some dangerous situations. He also had control over the ball.
The Rosnegros got more comfortable as the minutes went by and the game became very even.
Prior to the clash, both teams had the same record with 5 wins, 8 losses and shared the last place with 15 points in the standings among the 15 teams in the MLS Eastern Conference.
Inter Miami had recently lost their last two MLS games at home against Nashville and Orlando City, and picked up a valuable win over Nashville itself in Fort Lauderdale, allowing them to advance to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open . Lamar Hunt Cup.
The action in Montreal became very lively and Inter Miami felt more threatening with shots from Ecuadorian Campana and Dixon Arroyo and Robert Taylor, Corentin Jean on two occasions and Benjamin Kremsky.
The first half ended 0–0 and the score reflected what was happening on the pitch. In the second the fight went back and forth, but Montreal made up the difference as it landed the knockout blow.
The Rosnegros will receive the Red Bulls from New York on Wednesday, May 31, for 15 dates of the American League at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
The month of May has been disastrous for Neville’s team with eight games scheduled, six for MLS and two for the US Open. The next two months the pace will be equally intense and in July the League Cup will be added against Mexican side Cruz Azul and Atlanta United.
In the first round of the championship, Inter Miami defeated CF Montreal 2–0 in Fort Lauderdale.
CF Montreal: Jonathan Sirois; George Campbell, Ibrahim Sunusi, Joel Waterman; Aaron Herrera, Mathieu Choiniere, Victor Wanyama, Gabriel Corbo; Bryce Duke, Chinonso Ofor, Lassie Laplainen.
DT: Hernan Losada.
Inter Miami SC: Drake Callender; DeAndre Yedlin, Sergey Krivtsov, Kamal Miller; Jean Corentin, Ian Frey, Dixon Arroyo, Robert Taylor, Franco Negri; Leonardo Campana and Benjamin Cremaschi.
DT: Phil Neville.