Pregame – VANvMTL

Only match this season against our Canadian rival

The season rolls on for CF Montréal with another afternoon matchup this Saturday at 3pm, this time against the Vancouver Whitecaps in their temporary home base of Salt Lake City (TVA Sports, TSN, CTV, 91.9 Sports, TSN 690). 

We travel from the heat to somewhat colder weather, with a high of 13 degrees expected during the game, but it’s especially Salt Lake City’s altitude that will likely be the bigger challenge for our players.

“We want to win,” stated head coach Wilfried Nancy. “It’s a match against a Canadian team, so it’s especially important to perform well. They’re a good opposition. We have to keep doing what we’ve done in terms of performance, because I’m pretty happy with what we’ve done so far.”

Montreal is unbeaten through its first three games to start the season for only the second time in its MLS history, kicking things off with a 4-2 win against Toronto FC before managing back-to-back draws. Wilfried Nancy’s men currently sit in fourth in the Eastern Conference.

It will be a challenging week for the squad, who embark on its first busy stretch of the season, playing three games in eight days starting with this Saturday’s matchup against its Canadian rivals. The team will then meet Inter Miami on Wednesday in Ft. Lauderdale before travelling to Georgia to take on Atlanta United the following Saturday.

“I like looking at these three games and trying to find a way to have the freshest squad possible for the third game,” explained Nancy. “That’s my objective. We have three games to play in succession and they’re all important. We’ll see after this first one, but my staff and I have already tried to anticipate what we want to do over the next few games. But Saturday’s game is what’s most important.”

Injury update

Minor injuries have riddled the squad since the beginning of the season. Lassi Lappalainen got his first minutes in the Club’s last game after coming back from a six-month injury, and Luis Binks, who hasn’t played a game yet this season, seems poised for a return sooner rather than later.

Against Columbus, Mason Toye was sidelined with minor issues as well, while Zachary Brault-Guillard could not finish the game.

“Mason is progressing well, added Nancy. “He’s rehabilitating, so the plan doesn’t change regarding his status. He should return within 2 to 4 weeks. Zac is also going through the process. We are comfortable with what he has, and we know it isn’t anything serious. Sam’s foot still hurts a little. He’s training normally, which is important, so I’ll make a decision regarding his status.”