What can we expect from FC Montreal?
TFC II will head to Montreal today as they prepare for the first installment of the ‘401 Derby’. The match will see both teams face off after spliting their season series last year two wins apiece.
The young Reds are coming off a hard faught match against New York Red Bulls II, in which they scored two first half goals, but feel in the second half after Brandon Allen’s brace that brought his side back into the match.
FC Montreal is also coming off a tough match, in which they lost to USL newcomer Bethlehem Steel 1-0 two weeks ago. This match will be the second match for both clubs so far.
Who is FC Montreal?
Like TFC II, FC Montreal was created last year and became the Montreal Impact’s second team. The club had difficulties starting off with five straight losses and at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. However, they managed to climb up past TFC II with six wins in the middle of the season, but would later lose momentum and finish the season with an 8-6-14 record and 28 points. Finishing ahead of their fierce rivals, TFC II.
The young Reds and Montreal faced off in last year’s second match day, which saw TFC II earn their first win of their young franchise. Still, FC Montreal would win the next two outings, outscoring TFC II. This proved that Montreal’s fast pace and pressure based system was too much for the young Reds. The young Reds were still able to overcome the hard pressing Montreal side, winning the last outing in a entertaining match which ended 3-2.
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Style of play
Montreal is known as an attacking team with very fast players and tend to push their defenders up to clog up the middle of the pitch, forcing their opponents to make mistakes in their defensive ends and having their faster players bounce on the ball and have chances on goal. Another thing FC Montreal likes to do is give players throughout the Montreal Impact system a chance at match minutes.
Last year, they gave players like MLS veteran Kenny Cooper, former Toronto FC midfielder Kyle Bekker and Canadian international keeper Maxime Crépeau some match minutes, but it was others like Charles Joly, Alessandro Riggi, Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé and Jacques Haman who gained a lot of match experience and have grown as players.
Players to watch
The players above are all ones to watch, buts TFC II will need to be careful of the speedy and technically gifted Riggi, who will use his dribbling ability to get by defenders and isn’t shy in front of the net, leading his team with nine goals.
Gagnon-Laparé is also a talented player due to his roughness and ability to really apply pressure. There is a reason why he has been capped by the national team.
Another player to watch out for is Marco Dominguez, who may not score a lot, but links up well with his teammates, and plays some very nice through balls.