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2021 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Rudy Camacho (58')
  • Kamal Miller (62')

CF Montreal keeps playoff hopes alive, defeating Houston

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Montreal picks up 2-0 win over Houston (1:57)

CF Montreal is one win away from making the playoffs after picking up a 2-0 win over Houston. (1:57)

CF Montreal scored two goals four minutes apart to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 2-0 win against the visiting Houston Dynamo FC on Wednesday.

Montreal (12-11-10, 46 points) won for the first time in five games and will need to win again on Sunday against Orlando City to get in.

Houston (6-16-12, 30 points) lost its fourth straight, blanked for the third time in its final four matches.

Rudy Camacho gave Montreal a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute, getting his foot on a loose ball in the goal area after a Montreal corner with his back to the net.

Kamal Miller made it 2-0 with a header off another corner in the 62nd minute.

Montreal dominated possession in the first half, getting nearly 64 percent of the touches and spending the bulk of the half in the attacking third. But the home side struggled to get shots on goal, with only three of their 13 shot attempts hitting the target.

In the seventh minute, Mathieu Choiniere was all alone at the left side of the box, but his shot was saved by goalkeeper Kyle Morton.

Montreal full-back Zachary Brault-Guillard's chance from the right side was blocked by Houston defender Tim Parker in the 13th minute.

Choiniere stole the ball outside the box for a long-range strike, but the ball went just wide left.

Dynamo full-back Sam Junqua had his side's first opportunity in the 24th minute, but his kick from the left wing sailed over the net.

Five minutes later, Junqua delivered at the other end, blocking a Mihailovic straight-on shot from inside the box.

Houston started to pick it up on the attack in the final 10 minutes of the half. Ariel Lassiter and Adam Lundqvist each had chances from the left side a few minutes apart but were stopped by goalkeeper Sebastian Breza. In the 43rd minute, Memo Rodriguez's strike from the top of the box landed just outside the net.

Griffin Dorsey nearly put the Dynamo ahead in the 51st minute off a corner, but his header rolled left.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 13 +12 26
2 Austin FC 13 +13 24
3 FC Dallas 13 +9 22
4 Real Salt Lake 13 -3 22
5 LA Galaxy 13 -1 20
6 Nashville SC 13 0 19
7 Houston Dynamo FC 13 +3 18
8 Minnesota United FC 13 +1 18
9 Colorado Rapids 13 +1 18
10 Portland Timbers 14 -3 15
11 San Jose Earthquakes 13 -6 14
12 Seattle Sounders FC 11 -2 13
13 Sporting Kansas City 14 -12 13
14 Vancouver Whitecaps 12 -10 11

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 13 +9 24
2 New York City FC 12 +14 23
3 Orlando City SC 13 -1 21
4 CF Montréal 13 +1 20
5 New York Red Bulls 13 +6 20
6 FC Cincinnati 13 -3 19
7 Charlotte FC 13 -4 16
8 Atlanta United FC 12 +1 16
9 New England Revolution 12 -1 15
10 Inter Miami CF 13 -8 15
11 D.C. United 12 -3 14
12 Columbus Crew 12 0 13
13 Toronto FC 13 -7 12
14 Chicago Fire FC 13 -6 11