Rudy Camacho did everything for his club on Wednesday night. He scored. He saved the furniture in defense. And CF Montreal drew 1-1 with Orlando City SC, Florida.
The Bleu-blanc-noir therefore leaves the Florida heat with a crucial point in the race for the playoffs in the East. He gained a rank, positioning himself at the 6e position with 42 points.
And he will be able to thank his brave central defender. He frustrated the Orlando forwards all evening, sluggish as possible.
Camacho was already the man of the match for Montreal after a solid first half in his zone. But now at 52e minute he was sticking his head out to equalize the score. Djordje Mihailovic, on the corner, obtained his 15e season pass.
This goal was the result of an ingenious change for Wilfried Nancy. The coach had lined up three midfielders early in the game. But the puny trio of Matko Miljevic, Joaquin Torres and Djordje Mihailovic struggled to win against Orlando’s tough defense.
When Chris Mueller went 1-0 in the 45e, on a nice cross from Ruan from the deep right, he just confirmed the trend of the first period.
Sinisu Ibrahim therefore replaced Miljevic at half-time. From the 46e, Ibrahim had a certain goal stolen by goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.
But Orlando continued to chase victory. Obviously, the Lions wanted to avenge this tough 4-2 loss suffered during the Montrealers’ last visit, in September.
And it is again Rudy Camacho who is needed to prevent them. At the 76e, he lifts his leg in the center of the penalty area to prevent the Floridians from regaining the lead.
CF Montreal therefore passed DC United in the standings, which lost 3-2 to New England on Wednesday night. Atlanta United drew New York City FC, placing it just one point ahead of Montreal in fifth place.
Montreal and Orlando will meet again in the very last game of the season, on November 7 at Stade Saputo.