The agonizingly long MLS break is over for Verde fans. Austin FC is back in action on Saturday to take on a surprisingly tough Club de Foot Montréal, née the Impact.
After a 4-1 rout at the hands of the Galaxy in Austin’s last match, we’re hoping a nearly month-long break was just what the doctor ordered to replenish that Verde energy.
Austin FC now turns its sights to Montréal, a squad that also finds itself near the top of its respective conference standings after 14 weeks of MLS soccer.
In his midweek press conference, head coach Josh Wolff heaped praise on Montréal’s form, but he went on to say, “We certainly see some gaps we can take advantage of when we have the ball.”
It remains unclear if our steadfast defensive midfielder Dani Pereira will make the trip outside the country, due to his status as an asylum seeker from Venezuela. Wolff said, “The paperwork and those things seem to be heading in a good direction. We don’t know if he’s in or out yet.”
This is the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.
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Austin FC vs CF Montreal Kickoff
Montréal’s last match was a 4-3 stunner over Cincinnati where the two went back and forth until Romell Quioto got the game-winning penalty in the 59th minute.
The Canadian side currently leads the MLS East in goals scored (28) this season. Their Achilles heel is goals against (GA). The club has given up nearly as many goals (26) as they have scored this season.
As evidence of their firepower, le CFMTL destroyed Orlando City 4-1 in May; a club Austin drew 2-2 in a wild affair at Q2 Stadium.
The players who help Club de Foot tally up the goal numbers are midfielder Djordje Mihailovic (out with an ankle injury), as well as the aforementioned Romell Quioto, and Joaquín Torres. Those three have been pivotal along with captain Victor Wanyama anchoring the midfield.
With Montréal’s poor defensive side, it gives Austin’s Fagundez, Driussi, and Urrutti room to roam (and score goals!). These two high-scoring clubs should give fans their money’s worth in a very open, exciting match. Inevitably, it likely comes down to which club is converting those shots, or at least, which keeper is at their best on Saturday — our money is on STUUUU.
Austin FC – 3
CF Montréal – 2
- Out – Frederik Kleeman (left ACL)
- Out – Jhojan Valencia (right knee)
Austin’s coming back from the break minty fresh. Brad Stuver will wear red. Plan accordingly for the trip to Montréal.
How to Watch Austin FC
Austin FC will go on the road to take on CF Montréal at Stade Saputo in Montréal, Québec — 6:38 p.m. (CT) kickoff on Saturday.
- TV: The CW Austin
- Streaming: Austinfc.com, Austin FC app, UnivisionAustin.com (Spanish), ESPN+ (Out of Market)
- Radio: KASE-FM (Alt 97.5), KLQB- FM (104.3-HD2)
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