Wanyama warms bench for third straight match as Montreal lose to New York City

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STARS ABROAD Wanyama warms bench for third straight match as Montreal lose to New York City

Mark Kinyanjui 19:04 - 31.08.2023

The midfielder started on the bench for the third MLS game in a row but remained unused as Montreal lost 2-0 to struggling New York City on Thursday.

Former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama was an unused substitute for the third game in a row as CF Montreal lost 2-0 to New York City FC in a Major League Soccer (MLS) match played in the Bronx on Thursday Morning.

Wanyama has not featured for the club at all in August, with his last piece of action coming in a 2-2 draw with Pumas in the Leagues Cup in July.

NYCFC started the contest the better of the two sides, and that earned them a first look at goal in the 10th minute – Monsef Bakrar was unable to find the target from Jasson’s cross. 

In response, Montréal came close after Finnish international Lassi Lappalainen found space down the right and curled an effort that clipped the top of the crossbar. 

Braian Cufré was the next man to come close to breaking the deadlock after he whipped in a freekick around the wall and into the side netting

NYCFC would take a first-half lead on the half-hour mark. A flowing team move saw Cufré clip a pass across the field to find Jasson in space, and after a slaloming run inside, the youngster curled a delightful effort inside the post. 

One quickly became two in the 37th minute as Birk Risa curled a delightful pass behind the Montréal backline and into the path of Bakra. 

The Algerian timed his run to perfection and after escaping the attention of his marker, he produced a calm finish from a tight angle for his first NYCFC goal in MLS.

The second period brought about some early half chances for NYCFC, but no goals. The 57th minute saw a first chance for City as Santiago Rodríguez replaced Ledezma.

A third goal looked on the horizon for NYCFC after some brilliant high pressing saw Maxi Moralez intercept a pass out from the back – his eventual shot unable to beat Jonathan Sirois.

The diminutive playmaker thought he had finally scored the first goal of his second spell in the 68th minute after a clipped pass found him in behind to convert on the volley – the offside flag denying him a memorable moment.

Rodríguez would then go close with an effort from distance that only narrowly whistled past the goalkeeper's post. Montréal were still pursuing a route back into the game, and Kwadwo Opoku came close after connecting with a low cross, but his effort went wide of the post. 

Mathieu Choinière would be next to try his luck for Montréal with an effort from outside the box, but Matt Freese did well to parry the attempt away from goal. 

That would prove to be the final chance of note and confirmed a huge 2-0 win for NYCFC at home.

The result now means that Montreal are eighth on 35 points, four behind seventh-placed Nashville, who occupy the last final series automatic place.

Wanyama has been on the bench on each of Montreal’s last three league appearances but failed to make a single appearance off the bench.