The members of CF Montreal do not have an easy task this week, they who have appointments with two of the very good formations of Major League Soccer (MLS).
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Head coach Wilfried Nancy's men will make their first stop in Seattle on Wednesday night to take on the Sounders. They will then move to California, where the Los Angeles Galaxy will be waiting for them on Monday.
“It’s a great challenge and I love it! The players know it. We do this job for that, to have adversity, “said Nancy Monday, before the last training of hers in Montreal.
“We will go there knowing that the environment is not easy, three hours of difference, six hours of flight, he also said. Going to the West is more difficult than coming to the East because we have to play later. […] We will do everything to bring back points from these two games.
A tough opponent
Before thinking about the Galaxy, the Impact will have a heavy order against the Sounders. The reigning CONCACAF Champions League champions have not suffered defeat in their last four outings.
“We are going to do what we usually do. I say it often, but whether it's against Forge FC or against Seattle, we're going to play the same way. Afterwards, there is an opposition and it will dictate the game a bit, but our state of mind is the same”, expressed Nancy.
Recently, CF Montreal returned to winning ways in MLS by defeating Charlotte FC at Stade Saputo. He had lowered his flag in his two previous clashes. The Belle Province club occupies the third level of the Eastern Association, by virtue of an 8-2-6 record.
“We know they have a good team, but we are also a good team,” Victor Wanyama said of the Sounders.
“We respect their style and we know they respect ours too. We are aware that it will be a difficult game for both teams. It will be a question of who will want it the most and I think we will be up to the task,” added the midfielder.
It will also be the first time since May 31, 2018 that CF Montreal will face the Sounders at Lumen Field. It is also the first duel against this formation since the 2019 campaign. Historically, the Bleu-Blanc-Noir has been successful against its rivals from Washington State. He's gone 5-1-2 against them since joining MLS in 2012.