Orlando City (5-3-2, 17 pts.) heads north of the border for the first of two Canadian trips in the next two weeks, taking on CF Montréal (4-3-2, 14 pts.) at Stade Saputo this Saturday afternoon. The match is set to kick off at 4 p.m. ET and will be televised locally on FOX35 PLUS and LionNation TV, with pre-game coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. Local radio coverage will be available from 3:30 p.m. ET on Real Radio 104.1 in English and Acción 97.9 FM in Spanish.
Here’s everything you need to know about Montréal:
Key Transactions and Player News
Key Additions - CB/RB Alistair Johnston (Nashville SC), CB Gabriele Corbo (Bologna, loan), CF Kei Kamara (HIFK), GK Logan Ketterer (El Paso Locomotive FC)
Key Departures - CB Kiki Struna (option declined), W/M Ballou Tabla (Atlético Ottawa), LB Mustafa Kizza (option declined), CM Emanuel Maciel (CA Aldosivi)
News - Former Orlando City defender Kamal Miller was acquired in an Expansion Draft trade by Montréal last offseason and has flourished in Québec, becoming a regular in the Canadian national team and earning Audi MLS Team of the Week and MLS Player of the Week, presented by Continental Tires, honors for his performance in Montréal’s win over Atlanta United last weekend. Miller scored one of Montréal’s goals and assisted the other in the 2-1 victory.
Take a look at Montréal’s full roster here.
Montréal struggled in the league at the start of the year while trying to balance the regular season with the CONCACAF Champions League, but its MLS form has rebounded considerably since being knocked out of the continental competition in the quarterfinals. Montréal is 4-0-1 in its last five MLS matches and is getting an MVP-caliber season from attacking midfielder Djordje Mihailovic, who has four goals and four assists in nine games.
Orlando City has back-to-back wins over Montréal, knocking CFM out of playoff contention on Decision Day 2021 with a 2-0 win at Stade Saputo and winning this year’s opener 2-0 at Exploria Stadium. Alexandre Pato notched his first goal as a Lion in this year’s game, with Benji Michel tacking on the other. Overall, Orlando has a slight edge, holding an 8-7-3 record against Montréal in all competitions.
Rasmussen University Fact
Away games against Montréal have been very kind to Orlando City in recent years. Going back to the 2019 season, the Lions have won in their last three trips to play CF Montréal by a combined score of 6-0. The middle game, a 1-0 win in 2020, was played at Red Bull Arena due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.