Wednesday night in the District certainly didn’t go to plan for D.C. United as CF Montréal made a clinical comeback late in the match to secure a point with a 2-2 scoreline.
The Black-and-Red were hoping to flip the script on a lackluster performance in Toronto that had head coach Wayne Rooney wishing to swap out the whole squad before the halftime whistle.
For a while, it looked like D.C. had succeeded in moving past Saturday’s loss as they led CF Montréal for the majority of the match. Unfortunately, a late ambush by Hernán Losada’s men would catch the Black-and-Red flat-footed.
D.C. United’s first 45′ against CF Montréal wasn’t flashy by any means, but rather a solid performance fitting of a multiple-match week. The Black-and-Red were holding their own and getting it done against a Bleu-Blanc-Noir side that’s become exponentially more cohesive since the clubs’ last meeting in April.
Donovan Pines put D.C. United up before the half, capitalizing on a cross from Mateusz Klich. Pines rose up to win the ball in the air and send a header past Jonathan Sirois. So far, the match was on track for the Black-and-Red as they headed to the locker room in the lead.
Things only got better for D.C. United in the second half as they continued to deny Montréal’s dangerous attacks. Victor Pálsson flung a beautiful pass forward to Christian Benteke in the box, but Joel Waterman was there to stop him. Ted Ku-DiPietro captured the rebound to double the lead for the Black-and-Red, slipping another past Sirois toward the back post in the 59′.
Unfortunately, Ku-DiPietro’s goal was where D.C.’s luck ran out. The Bleu-Blanc-Noir had been playing the long game with D.C. United. Hernán Losada immediately brought in Zachary Brault-Guillard, Sunusi Ibrahim, Nathan-Dylan Saliba, and Gabriele Corbo for Aaron Herrera, Lassi Lappalainen, Bryce Duke, and Rudy Camacho, respectively. The switch would turn the tide in Montréal’s favor in short order.
Ariel Lassiter found Sunusi Ibrahim in the box in the 80′ with a cross. A misread by Pines allowed him to lob a header over Tyler Miller to put Montréal on the board.
The match did not improve for the Black-and-Red. Moments later, the Bleu-Blanc-Noir would equalize as Ibrahim floated a cross to Lassiter. Lassiter took aim from the top of the six to find the back of D.C.’s net in the 82′.
Wayne Rooney was far more pleased with his team than on Saturday, saying, “I thought we started the game well, and that had to start from the warm-up… And again, I thought we were always in control of the game…the first half was tight, but we were never worried, never concerned… I was pleased with the reaction from the previous game.”
The Black-and-Red now need to shake it off as they head south to face Inter Miami on Saturday, June 3, at 7:30 pm ET.
MLS Regular Season – Game 16
D.C. United: 2 Pines 44′, Ku-DiPietro 59′
CF Montréal: 2 Ibrahim 80′, Lassiter 82′
D.C. United: Tyler Miller, Donovan Pines, Derrick Williams, Victor Pálsson, Andy Najar (Jacob Greene 73′), Chris Durkin, Lewis O’Brien, Mateusz Klich, Pedro Santos, Ted Ku-DiPietro (Taxi Fountas 80′), Christian Benteke
CF Montréal: Jonathan Sirois, Rudy Camacho (Gabriele Corbo 63′), Joel Waterman, Aaron Herrera (Zachary Brault-Guillard 60′), George Campbell, Victor Wanyama, Bryce Duke (Nathan-Dylan Saliba 61′), Lassi Lappalainen (Sunusi Ibrahim 61′), Mathieu Choiniere, Chinonso Offor (Jules-Anthony Vilsaint 77′), Ariel Lassiter
D.C. United: O’Brien 84′
CF Montréal: Duke 51′
Featured image courtesy of D.C. United // Hannah Wagner