New York City FC logged their first road win of the season in the most unlikely of places and against the most unlikely of teams, shutting out CF Montréal 0-1 at Stade Saputo. Keep in mind that Montréal haven’t lost at home since April 15, and haven’t allowed a goal in three games: Here are your Montréal vs NYCFC highlights.
NYCFC ceded possession but look composed and dangerous from the opening whistle, creating chances and moving the ball well. The 33′ strike from Matías Pellegrini was a thing of beauty, but New York City’s other nine shots didn’t challenge Montréal’s wunderkind goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois much.
Goals are nice, but it was the NYCFC defense that won the game. Maxime Chanot, Tayvon Gray, and Justin Haak formed a back-three for the second game in a row, and the central defenders are developing a good understanding of how to play together. Take that kind of defensive solidity, add a couple of clutch saves from Luis Barraza, and you have New York City shutting out Montréal on their home turf.
Not that the game was a masterclass of technique and positioning. As you can see from the NYCFC highlights here, things became downright ugly in the dying minutes of the game. New York City were forced to make U-9 clearance after U-9 clearance, but they got the job done, and the team take three points back the Big Apple.