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CF Montreal, Vancouver meet in Utah

Field Level Media
08 May 2021, 04:19 GMT+10

"Road, Sweet Road" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

But the Vancouver Whitecaps are making the best of it in their second season based in the United States because of coronavirus restrictions in Canada.

After finishing last season playing home games in Portland, Ore., the Whitecaps have moved their base to Utah, sharing Rio Tinto Stadium with Real Salt Lake.

The Whitecaps (1-1-1, 4 points) will host Canadian rival CF Montreal (1-0-2, five points) on Saturday afternoon in Sandy, Utah.

The Whitecaps have played well in their temporary homes, winning five of their past seven games as the home team. They won just four of their final 13 matches in Vancouver before having to relocate.

"We won a lot of games on the road last year. A lot," Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos said. "We never played in Vancouver. We won a lot on the road. We beat L.A., LAFC in Portland, we beat Salt Lake in Portland, we beat San Jose in Portland. We were never home. So for me to play in Portland or in Salt Lake, I don't consider that home."

Montreal, which finished last season in Harrison, N.J., has taken up residence in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Rebranded from the Montreal Impact to CF Montreal in the offseason, they have yet to lose under new coach Wilfried Nancy, a former assistant who succeeded Thierry Henry when the latter returned to Europe.

"This is not new to them," Nancy said of his players getting accustomed to another home away from home. "But I have to be honest -- it's going to be difficult."

Montreal, unbeaten after three games for the first time since 2013, is coming off a scoreless draw against the Columbus Crew last Saturday despite outshooting the defending MLS Cup champions 20-3.

"The fact that it's going pretty well is definitely a confidence booster," Montreal defender Kamal Miller said. "We've just got to keep it going. Some of these performances where we could have won it, we've got to push for these wins because every point counts."

--Field Level Media

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